GM’s Advanced Technology Demos Provide Peek at Future
‘Intelligent and connected’ technology concepts on display at ITS
DETROIT – General Motors is demonstrating the future of automated driving and connected mobility this week at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress.
An automated Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 concept vehicle, an Opel Insignia research vehicle and Chevrolet Cruze equipped with vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) connectivity are featured on Belle Isle for the world’s leading transportation policymakers, technology and business professionals.
“We continue to develop intelligent and connected driving technologies because they are critical elements in the evolution towards safer driving,” said Jon Lauckner, GM Chief Technology Officer, vice president of Global Research and Development, and president of GM Ventures. “With every incremental step we take, we move closer to a vehicle, that one day, will avoid crashes.”
EN-V 2.0 Concept
The Chevrolet Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) 2.0 showcases the latest in intelligent and connected automotive technologies. After debuting the original two-wheeled EN-V concept in 2010 at Shanghai World Expo, this iteration offers a four-wheeled drive system that combines cameras, Lidar and V2X to offer a hands-free, low-speed electric driving experience.
The small electric concept vehicle is built strictly for low speeds. The vehicle can travel about 25 miles on a single charge and two EN-V 2.0s can fit into a parking spot intended for a typical vehicle.
In June of this year, GM demonstrated a non-autonomous version of the EN-V 2.0 vehicle for two weeks in the Tianjin Eco-City.
Opel Insignia Research Vehicle
A gas-powered Opel Insignia with intelligent and connected technologies will be demonstrated on the south side of the city island, and will interact on the same road with the EN-V 2.0. This vehicle, outfitted with cameras, Lidar sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technologies, demonstrates a future vehicle that can handle both low-speed, stop-and-go city driving and highway-speed automated driving.
The six Lidar sensors in the bumpers of the Insignia constantly use light scanning to identify objects around the car. The forward pointing camera on top of the car reads lane markings and detects other objects. The V2V and V2I technologies located in an antenna on top of the car work to communicate with other objects that the vehicle encounters. The car also uses GPS satellite to constantly remain aware of its position on the roadways. All of these inputs are fused through GM’s sensor fusion technology to enable 360 degrees of awareness and object detection.
Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) Technology Demonstration
GM is demonstrating other potential uses of V2X communication technology by demonstrating a Chevrolet Cruze equipped with vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication technology.
At Belle Isle, mock construction sites will be set up on the road course, and participants will be driven in the Cruze toward the work areas. Mannequin “workers” in the construction area will be blocked from the view of the driver and passengers, however, they will have arm bands on that communicate their location to the oncoming Cruze. Warning lights blink on the “head’s up” windshield display notifying the driver. In the future, V2P communication technology could be integrated into more aspects of pedestrian life, enhancing driver awareness of pedestrians.
OnStar 4G LTE Demonstrations
In addition to forward-looking demos, GM will also be showcasing OnStar 4G LTE, which is rolling out on vehicles this summer and will be on more than 30 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of the year.
At Belle Isle, attendees will have a chance to experience this new connected technology on a 2015 Chevrolet Impala and a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. OnStar 4G LTE allows passengers to connect up to seven mobile devices, such as tablets, laptops and smartphones, to the vehicle’s built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It works both inside and around the vehicle so that passengers can stay connected when the vehicle is in motion or when it’s stopped.
In addition, the OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App will also be on display to showcase how customers can keep track of vehicle information and send commands to their vehicles remotely from their smartphones.
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