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Concept vehicle puts homeowners in the driver's seat

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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 segment between the RV and the SUV." The "L.A. Adventure" competition challenged designers to develop a vehicle suited to Southern California activities. With a long tubular shape and futuristic desig...