Fiat Chrysler can now be added to the growing list of fully electric car manufacturers after unveiling their new conceptual minivan. Chrysler is set to reveal the car in Las Vegas on January 3, 2017 at the CES 2017 Auto Show. The car, voguishly named “Portal,” highlights a unique feature—capturing selfies. This feature is expected to appeal to the millennial generation. Selfies flood social media sharing sites such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It’s not hard to spot a driver snapping a selfie whilst driving—an act that likely causes several car accidents here in Phoenix and nationwide. Chrysler hopes to eliminate this threat to a driver’s safety by featuring on board screens and USB ports capable of capturing images and videos within the car. Drivers may need to upgrade their storage on his or her phone as each car can reach 250 miles per charge. That’s a lot of selfies.
The Portal is also equipped with fully sliding doors, a spacious interior, and an exterior similar to that of the BMW i3. This combination creates a visually pleasing and useful car. Chrysler has stated that in addition to the futuristic upgrade, the car will also have a self-driving feature. It will have the ability to handle steering, braking and accelerating, but only on portions of highway that are approved for self-driving cars. Although the Portal is still in conceptual stages, the third-largest automaker has its sights set on affordable and fully electric automobiles. Hopefully, we will be seeing driverless selfies and safer highways in the near future.
Co-written by Elise Childers for DaultLaw