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VW, Renault, Nissan AV Concepts From Geneva Motor Show

by Nathan Eddy
A bevy of autonomous concept vehicles were on display at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show this month, from urban-transit oriented people-movers like the Volkswagen SEDRIC school bus -- with its bright yellow paint-job and kid-friendly interior -- to the Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept -- a state of the art, emission-free luxury vehicle.

In between these two extremes were models such as the Nissan IMx Kuro, which nonetheless stood out from the crowd with its audacious B2V -- that's brain to vehicle, in case you were wondering -- technology, which claims to interpret the driver's brainwaves and adjust vehicle performance accordingly.

All of the following vehicles run on all electric-drivetrains and the IMx Kuro can even act as a reverse power supply, plugging into and supplying the local power grid when the car is parked.

The youngest of the bunch was Iconiq Motors Model Seven, a new vehicle from the all-electric vehicle company, which was founded in 2016 and specializes in passenger-focused autonomous vehicles.

Many of the concepts on display took advantage of the new role the "driver" will have to play, offering expanded views through enlarged windows, panoramic moonroofs and living room-like interiors designed to allow a greater degree of social interaction between the vehicle's occupants.

While it remains to be seen how much more time -- and regulations Ė need to pass before we see Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles cruising highways and city streets, the latest crop of concept cars in Geneva point to a cozy, emissions-free and unsettlingly adroit technological future of mobility.

 

Geneva Motor Show Focuses on AV Concepts

Nathan Eddy is a filmmaker and freelance journalist based in Berlin. Follow him on Twitter @dropdeaded209_LR.

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