It was only a few years ago when smart phones and tablets dominated the CES (Consumer Electronic Show). For this year’s CES, the focus changes to innovations which are currently happening in automotive industry. It is no longer appear as a concept but due to the strong financial backing and technology maturity, automakers are able to makes their concept car to a reality step by step.
Volvo and Ericsson is a good example for this. Both companies partnered up to bring what is called in-car media streaming for self driving cars a reality. It debuted at LA Auto Show with a name of Concept 26. This could mean that in the future you can even watch your favourite show while commuting to your destination. How cool is that!
BMW showcased its BMW i Vision Future Interaction. Apart from its exterior shape which has an out of this world design, its AirTouch 3D gesture control makes it even more attractive. The first generation of AirTouch 3D gesture control was demonstrated at CES 2015 and BMW has put it into production by fall with the 2016 7 series.
KIA announced that it would begin to add semi autonomous tech into four of its model in the summer of 2016. The Korean car manufacturer also said that it would not have fully autonomous cars by 2030 and they are starting to test its autonomous cars with its all-electric Soul EV. Nissan, on the other hand, said that the company would fill its showrooms by more than 10 fully autonomous vehicles by 2020. The first semi-autonomous vehicle will make its debut in 2016.
One thing is certain after CES 2016 is that accessible long-range electric vehicles are becoming a reality and it is here to stay. On top of that, a safer and more entertaining way of commuting is just around the corner with the release of autonomous vehicles.