Buick Smart Pod Concept offers world-class luxury comfort

Buick has unveiled a forward-looking concept vehicle – the Smart Pod – at Auto Guangzhou 2021, this year’s leading automotive industry event in southern China. The concept vehicle provides a combination of modern aesthetics, technology innovation, and an immersive intelligent experience.

The Smart Pod is a fully autonomous electric vehicle built on the groundbreaking Ultium platform and the VIP electric architecture. It leverages autonomous driving technology and GM’s Ultium to project a safe, comfortable and intelligent experience for work and relaxation while commuting.

It inspires with its unique proportions, offering comfort and plenty of space. The Smart Pod’s sleek exterior incorporates micro-LED lighting technology, and its dynamic wake-up lighting animation and sliding door welcome passengers when they approach.

The Smart Pod's airy roof and innovative glass lattice maximize visibility.
The Smart Pod’s airy roof and innovative glass lattice maximize visibility. Credit: Buick

Inside, the Smart Pod’s airy roof and innovative glass lattice maximize visibility, creating a connected feeling with nature. In addition, it offers an innovative sleep seat, multi-variable seating layout, deployable tables, enhanced noise-canceling technology, an ambient sound management system, an air-purifying system.

Featuring a 50-inch retractable retina LED screen, the latest-generation virtual cockpit system provides a highly intuitive AI-enabled experience for in-car virtual assistance and seamless connectivity with the outside world. Thanks to intelligent voice command and advanced eye-tracking technology, the smart cabin supports enhanced navigation and real-time integration with personal devices and serves as a remote office.

The multi-variable seating layout further facilitates networking and rest.
The multi-variable seating layout further facilitates networking and rest. Credit: Buick

Its artificial intelligence and machine learning capability allow the autonomous vehicle to adapt to the user, making personalized suggestions for a variety of functions – from infotainment to comfort to vehicle operation. With a full complement of sensors, it integrates a suite of safety features to ensure a safe, intelligent and relaxed personal mobility experience.

“The Smart Pod is a bold design concept that looks at the full potential of advanced technologies in electrification, automated driving, and digitalized connectivity, delivered in a warm, tactile and luxurious manner,” said GM China and GM International Vice President of Design Stuart Norris.

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