I kid you not; a couple of years ago when this concept was first conceived and awarded several design awards, GM described it as an urban loft with mobility or “a modern alternative for those priced out of Southern California’s escalating housing market.” As asinine as that statement is in any housing market, the PAD brings new meaning to the concept of a mobile home and does have relevant use in the world.
The GMC PAD features a Diesel-Electric hybrid system, which acts as a generator for the onboard power grid as well as propulsion for DriveMode. During daylight hours, the PAD’s SkyDeck features 6 M-Sq of photovoltaic cells that collect and store the sun’s natural energy. An electromagnetic suspension aids in leveling and stabilization when the PAD is being used in the LifeMode as well as remarkably easy handling while in DriveMode. Naturally, to function as a home, the Pad features onboard fuel and water supplies that can last weeks or even months thanks to onboard resource management technology, and while you’re waiting out a futuristic war between apes and their human overlords, you have Direct TV, OnStar, XM, and Satellite Wi-Fi. To further unwind after a day of running from Dr. Zaius, the rear of the Pad has been configured for use as a personal spa created in conjunction with Kohler. The concept’s kitchen area was developed with appliances by Thermador. If occupants feel claustaphobic they can step out on the SkyDeck to enjoy whatever is left of the environment. In all seriousness, the PAD was created with the idea that it could easily be adapted for use in government roles such as disaster response and emergency housing. An unfortunate, but increasingly important role in the present. As it appears in the concept the PAD is loaded up with every modern entertainment and creature comfort, in a more modest form, units could be produced to quickly be moved into areas to provide shelter and relief to those in distress. This Living Activity Vehicle may also appeal to a variety of travelers looking to go beyond the stereotypical RV.