Chevrolet showed off its latest concept car this week in Shanghai with a nod to the not-so-distant future. The Chevrolet-FNR is an electric vehicle that can also drive autonomously, but the real eye-catcher is the car’s design, marked by dragonfly dual swing doors and a hubcap-free set of wheels.
Within the car, the front seats swivel 180 degrees to face the rear seats, allowing the driver to give complete control of the act of driving over to the car’s computer. Obviously, this is just a concept car, but it’s not absurd to imagine that this kind of trust in the car’s driving might be possible in several years. That would be pending government approval, of course: autonomous cars are already on US roads today, but several US states have ruled that the driver of an autonomous vehicle must stay alert and in complete control of the vehicle at all times. Component-maker Delphi recently did a cross-country trek in an autonomous vehicle, and in a few states, the driver was required to keep at least one hand on the wheel.
The Chevrolet-FNR also includes an iris-recognition start, as well as a wireless charging system (so your garage can be clear of unsightly power cords, presumably). A roof-mounted radar system maps out the surrounding environment as you drive.