Consumer Electronics Show
With so much focus on connectivity in our cars these days, auto makers are flocking to the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas to show off their latest highway tech.
Standing out among the latest flatscreens, cameras, and smart appliances at this year’s CES were enough car-related displays to rival a major auto show.
Volkswagen kicked things off with the world debut of their BUDD-e concept, a modern all-electric microvan loaded with gesture control, voice recognition and touchscreens that also interface with your smart phone from wherever you roam.
The e-golf touch features a new touchscreen infotainment system as well as wireless device charging, electronic voice amplification for front-to-back row conversations, and cloud storage of vehicle personalization settings.
Chevrolet chose ces over their hometown Detroit auto show to debut the production 2017 bolt ev. Fitting, since it is chock-full of driver-focused connectivity and convenience features.
Ford announced expanded apps and offerings for their sync system, and a tripling of their autonomous vehicle test fleet to make it the industry’s largest.
Software maker nvidia demonstrated drive px, a pedestrian and vehicle detection system that can actually “learn” the difference between types of vehicles.
Corning was on hand to showcase the latest glass designed for windshields and in-car displays. One interested visitor-- FCA’s design chief Ralph Gilles.
For teen driver safety, there was a demo of smart wheel-an intelligent steering wheel cover that senses distracted driving behaviors and gives realtime feedback to help teens adopt safer driving practices.
And we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s new in auto electronics, but rest assured there’s more to come as consumer technologies continue to evolve. And that’s it for this week’s Motor News.