The day after Mary Barra announced that Cadillac models will receive a host of technologies that will enable car-to-car communication and near autonomous drive, during the ITS show in Detroit it also presented the second-generation Chevrolet EN-V.
You might wonder what’s the connection between a practically unknown Chevy and the mighty luxury brand Cadillac and its “futuristic” new capabilities. The CTS will talk to other cars while an unnamed new model will feature the “Super Cruise” near self-driving tech.
Well, first off, let’s talk about who is the EN-V. Presented back in 2010 at Shanghai World Expo the EN-V was a two-wheeled concept that wanted to become Chevy’s first electric networked vehicle. While everybody forgot it, the GM engineers took it now to the next generation – turning it into an all-wheel drive dour-wheeler that can “offer a hands-free, low-speed electric driving experience,” thanks to a myriad of cameras, laser radar (lidar) and V2X communications. Sound’s familiar? Yes, it’s the same basic principle and design as Google’s autonomous project.
The EN-V will only drive at low speeds, compensating the slow movement with carefree riding as it uses advanced technologies for collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control and other mitigation systems. It can even be commanded from a distance via a smartphone for remote valet parking and retrieval.
GM didn’t stop to that alone, and it also brought to Detroit an Opel Insignia that houses cameras, Lidar sensors, V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) tech in order to demonstrate a future vehicle that could handle all types of driving, not just slow speed automated transport.