Last week, Las Vegas hosted the CES convention, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. At this convention, many companies involved in the auto industry revealed updates coming to a car near you in the not-so-distant future. Check them out below:
Faraday Future, a Tesla competitor, unveiled their first car, the FF 91. The electric vehicle boasts that it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.39 seconds, 1000 horsepower, and a range of 435 miles on a full charge. Pricing on the car has not yet been announced, but you can reserve a high priority spot for yourself on their waiting list for $5000. To date, over 64,000 people have joined that waiting list, with the car set to be released sometime in 2018.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles introduced the Chrysler Portal at CES. This is another electric vehicle that promises 250 miles of range and aims at being family friendly. It is capable of semi-autonomous driving, has facial and voice recognition software, and allows for media content to either be shared by passengers or allows them to enjoy their own entertainment without the use of headphones or disturbing others in the car. They say that this vehicle was designed with the millennial driver in mind.
Delphi Autonomous Audi
Audi showed off its recent collaboration with Delphi at the convention: an autonomous car. The car features over 25 sensors and is currently semi-autonomous. Delphi claims that their technology could help eliminate 80% of crashes on the roads, but a human driver is still needed to take over in situations such as construction zones or during inclement weather.
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BMW i Inside Future concept
BMW presented one of their latest ideas to crowds last week. With the future of self-driving cars looking brighter than ever they are looking to transform the inside of their vehicles. The new design envisions a car more as another room for passengers to spend their time on the road being more productive than ever before. If the car is driving itself, it makes sense that the inside of the vehicle could become another office or living space.
Bosch concept car
The innovations seen from Bosch at CES were also about the inside of the car. The concept automobile uses facial recognition software to change settings in the car depending on the driver’s preferences. No more having to adjust the mirrors and seats after letting someone else drive your car! Bosch is also in the process of testing out platforms to use mobile phones instead of key fobs, which could be more cost-effective for auto makers.
Toyota’s concept car that they debuted at CES sounds like something out of a futuristic movie. Their car uses artificial intelligence to learn about the driver and build a relationship with them. They claim that their technologies measure emotions, and drivers can not only choose between autonomous or manual driving, but the car could take over if it determines that the driver is in no position to do so.
Nvidia and Audi goal: self-driving AI car by 2020
Audi made quite a few headlines last week with their various partnerships involving self-driving cars. Nvidia and Audi announced that they should have an autonomous vehicle ready for mass production by 2020. They also had an autonomous test car at CES with impressive stats. The vehicle had only been “trained” for four days on the test course. Other self-driving vehicles need months of testing before they could be showcased to the public.
Ford to put Amazon Alexa in cars
Ford announced at the convention that by this summer their cars will feature Amazon’s Alexa in their Sync system. This will allow drivers to control their home lights, garage doors, security systems, and even verbally make Amazon purchases while driving.
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