CES 2016 is full of new technologies coming from automotive industry. In this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it was full of electric vehicles and self driving cars being displayed. The best part is that they are no longer appearing as a concept anymore, however, they are becoming a reality in years to come. In this entry, we are going to list down 10 most notable automotive technologies displayed in CES 2016.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The latest electric car model from Chevrolet, Bolt EV, is deemed to able to travel for as far as 200 miles on a single charge with an affordable price of $30,000 after a $7,500 Federal tax credit in the US. Another electric car model having similar specification but similar pricing, if not higher, is Tesla Model 3, which is scheduled to be unveiled in Spring this year. Therefore Bolt EV will be the benchmark of affordable electric car until then.
Faraday Future FFZERO1
Faraday Future is a new player in the automotive industry. Its first concept car, FFZERO1 was built for the car enthusiasts out there. It is basically a single seated car which looks like a racing car. The car appears as a proof-of-concept from its Head of Design, Richard Kim and his team, for the automaker’s all-new scalable vehicle architecture. It was built in within three months. Unfortunately, FFZERO1 will not be their first production car. However, the company hinted some of upcoming production car models!
Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept
BUDD-e is the latest electric concept car from Volkswagen and it looks just like your beloved Microbus but it is electric powered. The concept car’s propulsion system is rumoured to be just like Tesla Model S with electric motors at the front and rear axles as well as battery pack placed in between them. It is able to travel 233 miles on a full charge and its top speed is about 93 mph. Most of the things that you can do with the car such as turning on the heat or opening the side doors can be done through the touchscreens, voice commands or gestures.
Kia Drive Wise Autonomous Cars
In order to produce its own autonomous car, Kia is coming up with Drive Wise autonomous driving technology. For its self driving technology, the company will introduce urban and highway modes. Both modes will include combination of radar, camera, GPS and ultrasonic sensors in order to do things such as negotiating lane-changing, overtaking other cars on highway as well as navigates through busy city roads, all without human intervention.
On top of that during CES 2016, the company also introduced I-Cockpit concept which showed the next generation of human-machine interface technologies according to the automaker. I-Cockpit concept works in such a way whereby the system will be able to recognize the driver’s preference by just a fingerprint swapped.
Kia announced that the company plans to bring partial autonomous vehicles to the mass market by 2020 whereas a full autonomous vehicle was planned to be released by 2030.
EHang 184 Personal Driving Vehicle
EHang 184 is basically a car-sized electric quadcopter which designed to be able to carry a single person up to 10 miles. Therefore, basically the person need to input his or her destination via mobile apps and the vehicles will take him or her to the destination without any further human intervention. It is able to fly for about 23 minutes on a single charge with top speed up to 62mph. Unfortunately, it is not legal in US.
BMW AirTouch 3D
AirTouch 3D was also showcased in this year’s CES. It is a second generation gesture control system from BMW which allows the users to control the dashboard system which looks like a touchscreen without even actually touching it.
BMW Motorrad Vision Head Up Display
In this year’s CES, apart from the four-wheeled innovation, BMW also introduced its Vision helmet for the motorcyclist out there. The helmet consists of a transparent display placed on the rider’s right eye which projects some basic data such as speed, fuel level, navigation and road-hazard alerts. It is also able to double up as closed-circuit rear-view feed so that the rider will not have to glance over the side mirror all the time.
Ford Sync and Amazon for Your Home Use
Ford is working with Amazon to come up with in-car infotainment system which is definitely makes it more convenient to the driver. Ford Sync is designed to be able to communicate with Amazon’s Echo smart home hub so that by using voice commands, the users will be able to open or close the garage door or turn on or off thermostat when they are commuting. On the other hand, from the home, the users will be able to stop, start, lock, unlock or check their car’s fuel range.
Gracenote Dynamic EQ
Sometimes, when you are driving home after a long day, you just need to listen to your favourite songs in order to uplift your feeling. For this reason, Gracenote is working on a new layer of technology which is able to analyze every song that you play and optimize the aural quality of the playback.
Self Driving Mercedes E-Class
In this year’s CES, Mercedes Benz announced the next generation of E-Class which is basically a self driving car. E-class has obtained its license to drive itself on Nevada roads which definitely the first production car to be granted of this license. The car model will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week.