CES 2016 has been very exciting so far. The automotive section especially looks very promising. Although CES is not a motor show, but for past few years, there is very little difference left between the two. Every year there promises of new concept cars and this year was no different, but there is one thing about this year, the vision of these companies to achieve what they are claiming.
CES 2016 Automotive Special Coverage:
It started with the introduction of BMW i8 with cameras in place of side-view mirrors. For several years, automakers have shown this, but BMW managed to accomplish this task. The cameras eliminate all the blind spots and give smart traffic alerts. It obtains feeds from four different cameras and combines them to give single video image on a display where the rearview mirror would be. It gives a very clear and wide panoramic view of traffic to the read and side, giving a different view allowing safer change of lanes.
Then the Faraday’s as they like to call it the car of concept FFZERO1 was introduced. It is a 1000 horsepower electric vehicle. Their head of design, Richard Kim has promised that this car will have a varied chassis size based on the number of batteries it can take making it flexible on that grounds. Chevrolet’s all-new Bolt EV will eliminate electric range anxiety, priced at $30,000. The makers are promising that it can go up to 200 miles in a single charge. It takes about 9 hours to charge in completely but only an hour to get 80% of its charge. This car will go into production by the end of this year.
Arguably the biggest car tech splash made at CES so far has been Nvidia’s Drive PX 2 system, which uses supercomputer power and neural network deep learning to allow driverless cars to sense and navigate their surroundings. The second version builds a year earlier, and features two next-generation Tegra processors, giving the on the Tegra X1 mobile supercomputer chip-powered Drive PX system revealed at CES platform 12 processor cores paired with two discrete GPUs based on Nvidia’s latest Pascal architecture.
Volkswagen drove into town with BUDD-e, an electric van with a 233-mile range and handle-less doors that open using voice recognition or hand gestures. Ford is also working with Chinese drone company DJI to offer Ford F150 pickup trucks equipped with DJI drones that can take off and land from the truck bed in emergency or crisis situations.
There will be more announcements in the coming days from some of the major tech companies.
Keep looking out for this space for more updates.