Chrysler Portal concept revealed at CES
Chrysler’s autonomous, electric MPV shows the company’s vision for the future of motoring
It’s electrically powered and capable of level three semi-autonomy – where the car can take over in certain circumstances, with the potential to accommodate level four (high automation) autonomy. It’s for this reason that Chrysler also labels the car as ideal for ride sharing and hailing strategies of the future.
Chrysler claims an electric-only range of 250 miles for the concept, from a 100kWh battery pack which drives the front wheels. The Chrysler logo on the front of the car lights up to indicate the car’s state of charge.
Chrysler also claims that the interior capitalises on the packaging improvements facilitated by the battery electric vehicle powertrain.
The brand is aiming the Portal concept squarely at millennials with its ‘created by millennials for millennials’ mantra, and the car is designed to adapt to changing circumstances, for example, single life progressing to married life, to eventual family life.
The doors of the Portal concept – two sets of sliding doors – open away from each other, creating a large opening to access the car. Inside, there are eight docking stations and a wireless network adding to the catalogue of technology – the dashboard is completely button-free, for example, and features two large screens in place of all dials and buttons. Only one twistable knob remains, to control the volume of the infotainment.
Chrysler also claims that the Portal features facial recognition technology, as well as voice recognition, which when the car recognises a regular user, will adapt vehicle settings to their preference. The car can also communicate with infrastructure.