A concept car created by a design team at General Motors has a new spin on home ownership. The GMC PAD, short for Portable Architectural Dwelling, is a high-tech drivable house that is at home on the road or in a parking lot. And it's not the mobile home that your grandparents drive to Arizona each winter. Its designers envision a media-rich "urban loft with mobility," with wall-mounted television screens and wireless Internet capability. The vehicle also is equipped with solar panels and a diesel-electric hybrid power system. The PAD, dreamed up by the General Motors West Coast Advanced Design Studio, took first prize this month in a Los Angeles Auto Show design challenge. Judges dubbed the vehicle an "LAV," or Living Activity Vehicle, and one judge stated that the PAD represents "a new ...
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