General Motors China will be in Shanghai from November 5th through the 10th for the 2018 China International Import Expo (CIIE), and the company is planning to put its vision for a future of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion front-and-center. General Motors EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, and autonomous vehicles like the Cruise AV, both of which will be on display at the expo, will serve as central focal points of the automaker’s stand.
At the same time, General Motors China is planning on bringing one of its Chevrolet Corvette race cars to the 2018 CIIE, because when push comes to shove, who doesn’t love a sleek, aggressive sports car with a big, petrol-burning V8 under the hood? Or hedged bets, for that matter?
“The 2018 China International Import Expo is an exciting opportunity for GM to introduce our safer, better and more sustainable transportation solutions for China,” says General Motors China President Matt Tsien. “GM looks forward to turning our vision into reality to benefit consumers in China and around the globe for generations to come.”
General Motors EVs And AVs And V2X, Oh My!
Both the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Cruise AV – the world’s first production-ready autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel, pedals, or other manual control devices – will appear at GM’s booth, representing the emissions and crashes parts of GM’s “triple-zero” vision, respectively. General Motors China isn’t ready to start giving show-goers real-life rides in the Cruise AV just yet, but part of the automaker’s display will involve a “virtual experience” in the fully-self-driving car.
In addition, General Motors China will be demonstrating some of its work in the field of V2X (“Vehicle-to-Everything“) communications technology. The label denotes wireless communications technologies that allow a vehicle to send signals to – and receive signals from – other devices on the road, whether they be part of the infrastructure (stop lights, etc.) or fellow commuters (passenger cars, bicycles, etc.) V2X technology will play a vital role in the “congestion” part of GM’s hackneyed triple-zero vision for the future, making transportation more intelligent to optimize traffic flow.