Car companies continue to test the limits of CAD software with cutting-edge technology including self-driving capabilities, holographic cockpits and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
The growing world of IoT management and advances in artificial intelligence platforms are key factors in the future of vehicle connectivity and self-driving cars, while augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) tech could potentially lead to a totally unique user experience.
Here are some examples of interesting car tech unveiled at Verizon’s CES 2017:
Chrysler’s Portal Concept
Tailored toward a generation obsessed with the frills of social media, this all-electric people mover promises to keep you connected while in transit. The cabin houses a local Wi-Fi network and each seat comes equipped with compatibility-friendly dock, allowing for worry-free, convenient web surfing. Additionally, each seat features custom voice recognition software, allowing passengers to control their own temperature, seat position and music.
The Portal Concept also features an integrated GPS, radar, ultrasonic, camera and vehicle-to-vehicle sensors, according to TechCrunch. This robust feature-set indicates that Chrysler has big plans to make the Portal Concept a fully autonomous vehicle once the technology and market demand make it feasible.
BMW’s HaloActive Touch System
Although car technology has made strides over the past several years, one area in particular has received little attention: The dashboard. Buttons are typically small, making GPS and other features’ functionality difficult, which in turn can create dangerous driving conditions. BMW aims to significantly improve the dashboard experience with the HaloActive Touch System, a free-floating touch screen interface (thank you, AR) that faces the driver in a useful, non-obstructive way.
The HaloActive Touch System uses an integrated sensor to track the user’s hand movements, allowing for easy operation of the entire system without reaching toward the center console. Not only does this make life safer for the driver, but it also allows passengers to operate climate control, music and GPS from their seats. BMW hopes to incorporate this system with driverless tech in the future, allowing users to work, explore and make purchases through the interface.
With the potential to seriously disrupt the auto industry, the all-electric Honda NeuV is specifically designed to save its owners money. Owners are not only allowed to rent out the funky concept car while it’s not in use, but it lets owners recover the costs of electricity by charging itself while stationary and selling the excess electricity back to the grid during peak times.
Aside from its environmentally-conscious features, the NeuV also includes sensors that help detect a user’s mood and emotions, automatically selecting music and driving preferences to match for a more enjoyable experience.
Mercedes’ Vision Van
Pivoting from the luxury lines, Mercedes introduced the Vision Van, a fully autonomous, all-electric package delivery vehicle.
Designed to be the key piece of an automated cargo system, the Vision Van is connected to a logistics system that tracks every movement from warehouse to customer. Even more impressive, it includes a pair of delivery drones that sit on the roof and periodically deliver packages within a six-mile radius of the van.
Nissan decided to cater to driving enthusiasts, unleashing the all-electric, three-seated BladeGlider. Getting its inspiration from Formula 1 cars, it is a fast, powerful and fun take on recreational driving.
While the BladeGlider isn’t focused on autonomy and connectivity, it represents a futuristic, exciting all-electric offering.