One of the things that I look for every year at the Consumer Electronics Show is the company that's not afraid to look ahead a few years and show us a product that — even though it may be little more than a concept or demo — gives us a peek at the future. The company that offered the best example of that at CES 2011 was General Motors. Yes, that General Motors.
GM showed off a little electric vehicle called the "en-v" that I think of as a mix between a Segway and a Smart Car. This product is being designed for urban areas a decade from now. It can get up to highway speeds while joining up with other vehicles like it to form a train that can make much more efficient use of the roads.
GM had a working prototype at CES and my colleague Brian Cooley from CNET has a three-minute demo that you can watch in the video below:
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