Top automotive tech from CES 2017

Toyota Concept-i hello
Toyota’s Concept-i automobile artificial intelligence interface “Yiu” greets a passenger. 

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is described as the “world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and where next-generation innovations are introduced into the marketplace. Increasingly, that next-level tech is being introduced in contemporary automobiles. We bring you four of the most interesting examples to come out of CES this year.

Hyundai Mobility Vision

Hyundai Mobility Vision

In a nutshell, Mobility Vision is about the pairing of a future autonomous car to a fully connected smart home where the vehicle, when not in use, can continue to be useful. Once “docked,” its air conditioning system can help cool the house, content from the onboard entertainment system mirrored on other devices, and even power generated from its fuel cell used to provide electricity in emergency situations.

Toyota Concept-i back

Toyota Concept-i

Wholly designed by Toyota’s California offices, the Concept-i is a futuristic-looking car, capable of both autonomous and manual operation, featuring a user interface with built-in artificial intelligence nicknamed “Yui.” The AI has the ability to measure driver emotion and communicate things like information about the route ahead or upcoming hazardous conditions using light, sound and touch.

honda neuv

Honda NeuV

Pronounced “new-v,” Honda’s interesting CES showpiece stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle and combines the idea of a privately owned car with ride sharing. Understanding that many people’s vehicles sit idle while at work or home, the NeuV can automatically pick up and drop off customers when it’s not in use, as well as sell energy back to the power grid during times of high demand while idle.

bmw holoactive touch

BMW HoloActive Touch

With this latest virtual interface from BMW, anyone can pretend they’re Tony Stark from Ironman. Combining the company’s head-up display, gesture control and touchscreen technologies, HoloActive is a free-floating display — situated next to the steering wheel — generated through reflections and operated using just the driver’s fingers that never come in contact with any physical materials.  

Posted by Benjamin Yong

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