October 13, 2017 5:00 PM, EDT

GM Shows Off Autonomous Cargo Hauling Concept Vehicle

A rendering of the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) platform with shipping containers to show the potential of flexible fuel cell solutions. General Motors

General Motors says it “aims to solve some of the toughest transportation challenges created by natural disasters, complex logistics environments and global conflicts” with its new Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure.

That’s a flexible fuel cell electric platform with autonomous capabilities that can fit a myriad of uses. The platform was shown at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army, a commercially-designed platform that could be adapted for military use.

SURUS uses GM’s newest Hydrotec fuel cell system, autonomous capability and truck chassis components and could be fitted with utility trucks, mobile and emergency backup power generation, flexible cargo delivery systems and more.

It has two advanced electric drive units, four-wheel steering, a Lithium-ion battery system and Gen 2 fuel cell system.

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