Shanghai, China – General Motors has published a “Blue Paper,” outlining its vision of sustainability mobility, using information gathered at six forums it hosted at the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
The paper, published in English and Chinese, addresses the growing challenges associated with rising urbanization and the greater demand for transportation with respect to energy, environment, safety, congestion and land use. It envisions a new automobile DNA based on electrification and connectivity, and promises a cleaner, safer and more convenient future for urban transportation.
In GM’s vision of sustainable urban mobility, vehicles of the future will be increasingly powered by electricity, connected continuously to the communications infrastructure, electronically controlled, autonomously driven when desired, and flexibly designed to meet specific use requirements.
The Blue Paper offers eight recommendations for overcoming challenges:
– Accelerate the encourage the move to vehicle electrification, including the development of key vehicle components, a smart power grid, and comprehensive urban recharging infrastructure.
– Increase the diversity of energy sources to support low-emission pathways to electrification.
– Ensure a high-quality wireless communications infrastructure and encourage the rapid development of vehicle-to-vehicle and related intelligent transportation technologies.
– Develop a sophisticated, integrated and intelligent system that dynamically manages large transportation flows using the latest communications and computer controls.
– Integrate electric-powered connected vehicles into a multi-modal transportation system that incorporates inter-city transport, subway systems, traditional vehicle movement and specialized smaller urban vehicles.
– Align government tax, regulatory and procurement policies to support the vision of connected electrically-driven vehicles, including globally consistent codes and standards.
– Identify a series of “lighthouse” projects to rapidly demonstrate the viability and potentially of connected electric vehicles in a controlled environment, such as an eco-city or small town.