Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show
Intelligent Connected Cars Take Center Stage at CES 2017
This week, automakers, technology giants, and suppliers are taking innovation in vehicles and autonomous or self-driving vehicle technology with artificial intelligence and connectivity to new heights. Still, there have been introductions of more driver-centric, human-oriented technology and apps in concept vehicles at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. Following are some auto-related highlights from CES 2017:
BMW Demonstrates i Vision Future Technology Advances
The next version of the networked cockpit in BMW’s i Vision Future includes HoloActive Touch and Gesture Control used in BMW 7 Series sedans. More applications are added with sensors that recognize hand gestures. Separately, Intel, BMW, and MobileEye are getting ready to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Unveiled with More Functions
General Motors brings its production Bolt electric hatchback to CES, touting its auspicious EPA-estimated, 238-mile range before needing a recharge with its DC Fast Charger that can be 80% ready in an hour. A new MyChevrolet app checks charge status, monitors climate, performs start/stop, browses OnStar maps, schedules dealer service, and owner’s manual reference.
Ford Connects Fusion Hybrid from Auto and Home
The next-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle allows drivers to link their smartphones through Ford Sync with smart devices for vehicle access to home to lock/unlock doors, adjust climate control, start/stop, check trip data, and pay for a gas refill using Amazon’s Alexa voice-recognition technology and Echo system.
Honda Debuts 3D Display Cabin Experience
Honda and LEIA and VocalZoom introduced several prototype systems to enhance the in-cabin driving experience with a multi-view 3D driver display that provides holographic viewing angles for warnings and driver-assistance technology that can be used for navigation and traffic information.
Honda Unveils NeuV Commuter Concept Car
Honda debuted its boxy un-carlike NeuV Concept Car that uses artificial intelligence or the “emotion engine” to navigate as an electric urban vehicle in congested traffic with new modes of in-car connectivity that can be an automated ride-sharing vehicle and also sell energy back to the electric grid during off-time.
Toyota Shows Off AI-Powered Concept-i Vehicle
Toyota’s artificial intelligence-enhanced Concept-i vehicle can be operated with a person in automated or manual drive. An advanced artificial intelligence (AI) agent nicknamed “Yui” moves throughout the vehicle to communicate critical information using light, sound, and touch in order to get to know each driver.
Fiat Chrysler Envisions Portal Electric Van
The new vision of an electric minivan is presented by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with the Chrysler Portal Concept. The concept vehicle “designed by Millennials for Millennials” can seat 6 and will have a range of 250 miles before needing to be recharged and has a battery capacity of 100-kW hours and also features fast charging.
Hyundai Gives Autonomous Ioniq Model a Spin
Hyundai displayed advanced self-driving technology in its Ioniq hybrid and EV concept cars and also demonstrated its self-driving vehicle on special roads in Las Vegas. Inside the convention center, Hyundai also is operating simulators that use voice recognition to simulate linking mobility between driver, car, home, and workplace.
Mercedes Focuses on Connected Concept EQ
Mercedes-Benz brings its Concept EQ SUV and a Vision Van to CES demonstrating its Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service Electric Drive (CASE) strategy. The Concept EQ uses battery-powered electric drive systems that will be used in future Mercedes cars, while the Vision Van defines a future efficient delivery concept.
Volkswagen Helps Drivers Personalize Experience
New Volkswagen technology to make the driving experience personal profiles a driver’s in-car settings, functions, appointments, and allows questions and responses via Amazon’s Alexa and Echo home functions. A 3D Digital Cockpit that makes driving more intuitive is used in the I.D. Concept all-electric model that will launch in 2020.