Tech bells at Chevrolet

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

The Chevrolet-FNR is loaded with a range of in­tel­li­gent tech­nolo­gies usu­ally seen only in science fic­tion movies. They in­clude sen­sors and roof-mounted radar that can map out the en­vi­ron­ment to en­able driver­less op­er­a­tion, Chevy In­tel­li­gent As­sis­tant and iris recog­ni­tion start. The Chevrolet-FNR can also serve as a ‘per­sonal as­sis­tant’ to map out the best route to the driver’s pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion. In self-driv­ing mode, the ve­hi­cle’s front seats can swivel 180° to face the rear seats, cre­at­ing a more in­ti­mate set­ting. The driver can switch to man­ual mode through the ges­ture con­trol fea­ture. The Bolt EV con­cept had its global pre­miere at Jan­uary’s Detroit Auto Show. It is a game-chang­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle that sig­nals Chevrolet’s com­mit­ment to bring­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion to to­day’s con­sumer with un­ex­pected func­tion­al­ity, tech­nol­ogy and cross­over pro­por­tions. It fea­tures Chevrolet’s clas­sic dual-cock­pit styling, while uniquely in­te­grat­ing user-friendly tech­nol­ogy to of­fer a worry-free, de­light­ful driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Light­weight ma­te­ri­als — in­clud­ing alu­minum, mag­ne­sium, car­bon fi­bre and wo­ven mesh — add to the de­sign while keep­ing down the kerb weight to give the Bolt a max­i­mum range of 320 km. Driv­ers will be able to se­lect op­er­at­ing modes de­signed around pre­ferred driv­ing styles such as daily com­mut­ing and spir­ited week­end cruis­ing, for un­com­pro­mis­ing elec­tric driv­ing. The modes ad­just ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal map­ping, ve­hi­cle ride height and sus­pen­sion tun­ing. The Chevrolet Bolt EV con­cept is also de­signed to sup­port DC fast charg­ing. The model’s tech­no­log­i­cal in­tu­itive­ness can be ac­cessed via a smart­phone with the con­cept Bolt EV Connect app. This is de­signed to al­low a smart­phone to per­form as the key fob, al­low ride-shar­ing man­age­ment, and in­cor­po­rate the con­cept au­to­matic park-and-re­trieval tech­nol­ogy to en­able the Bolt EV con­cept to park it­self. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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