Jan 142011

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General Motors offers a taste of its Electric Networked Vehicle at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

The solution to traffic-clogged cities has long been thought to be more mass transit. For the past few years, however, engineers at General Motors have been looking at the problem of urban sprawl through a different lens, one that takes advantage of advances in electric-vehicle technology and wireless connectivity to enable a more personal mode of transportation that is faster and safer than a bicycle yet smaller and more environmentally friendly than an automobile.

GM unveiled the Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V), the company’s vision of sustainable urban mobility, last year at the World Expo in Shanghai. Last week at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), GM was ready to provide a glimpse what these two-wheel, two-person personal transports can do.

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