The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's largest stage of technological innovation. Not just tech biggies like Samsung, but auto majors such as Toyota participate in the event with latest advancements in electric or smart concepts. This year's CES has already seen a plethora of new and exciting technologies in the field of autonomous cars and in-car features. While SanDisk's smallest ever 1TB flash drive is fascinating and Sony's $30,000 projector is quite the crown of the event, we'd like to bring your attention to a 'smart' SUV from China which has a touchscreen in place of the dashboard and to an all-electric supercar which will put traditional supercars to shame in terms of performance and range. Here go our top five:
Toyota autonomous electric concept
Toyota Motor Corp unveiled a self-driving electric concept vehicle on 8 January that it will tailor for companies to use for tasks like ride-hailing and package delivery, underscoring how automakers are no longer simply building cars but also providing services to go with them.
Toyota said at the CES global technology conference in Las Vegas that it will work with companies including Amazon.com Inc, Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology Co, Pizza Hut, Mazda Motor Corp and Uber Technologies Inc to build the vehicle and its hardware and software support and develop connected mobility products.
Kia Niro EV
Kia Motors showcased their latest electric vehicle at the CES 2018 called Niro EV Concept. Kia’s technical partner, Hyundai, already markets the Ioniq Electric on the same platform that underpins the Niro. The concept also features a first - a human-machine interface (HMI) and an advanced new ‘motion graphic’ lighting system, previewing the potential for these technologies for market introduction in coming years.
Besides the all-electric concept vehicle, Kia Motors is also showcasing a range of in-car features and innovations at the CES 2018. Kia’s interactive ‘Beyond Autonomous Driving’ exhibits combine existing and future technologies to outline the company’s plans for vehicle autonomy and mobility, supported by the introduction of upcoming autonomous drive technologies.
Fisker E-Motion Concept
Slated to be a direct rival to Tesla Model S, Fisker E-Motion Concept will be one of the fastest electric supercars the world has seen. This is the first prototype of its kind that will use Solid state batteries instead of the traditional lithium-ion units on most EVs.
The E-motion will also get a phenomenal range of 640 km on a single charge. And another key feature will be the fact that 200 km worth of charge will be done in nine minutes.
The Byton concept has a typical SUV profile, but with unique front and rear LED lighting. This is, as Byton calls it, an SIV - Smart Intuitive Vehicle. To begin with, there are no door handles. The driver (or more like the first passenger since s/he won't be driving) gain entry via facial recognition cameras.
The dashboard "shared experience display" looks well-suited to sitting back and watching like a living room HD TV, and Byton promises a comprehensive cloud platform binding together driver and passenger devices, apps, profiles, etc.
An all-electric, Byton's range on the base model is 400 km, and Byton says its battery can charge 240 km worth of range in just 20 minutes, and 80 percent of the battery’s total charge in 30 minutes. Integrated with a customised version of Amazon’s Alexa service, the car can also monitor your heart rate and blood pressure to better inform you about your health.
Intel Volocopter VC200
The flying car concept is still a bit far-fetched to apply in the real world, but that is not stopping companies around the world from materialising the idea. Intel, a computer giant otherwise, capped its keynote address at this year's CES with the 18-rotor air taxi prototype known as the Volocopter VC200.
Being called a flying taxi, the Volocopter VC200 isn't exactly so but a giant drone that two can accommodate two passengers. Volocopter is a 50-person aviation startup from Germany, now teamed up with Intel and working on the VC200.
Chip giant Intel also announced at the CES that two million vehicles from BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen will use Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM) technology to build and rapidly update low-cost, scalable high-definition maps throughout this year. Intel bought Israeli sensor and chipmaker Mobileye last year for $15 billion.
New HARMAN Digital Cockpit Platform
The new Digital Cockpit platform unveiled at CES 2018 includes a suite of flexible and scalable premium experiences that support new generation connected lifestyles. It’s available in standard and advanced system configurations and can integrate the instrument cluster with centre console via voice, haptic feedback, and physical knobs and steering wheel controls in a single, centre screen for all vital vehicle information and features.
Samsung's Autonomous DRVLINE Platform
The first HARMAN/Samsung-developed ADAS product will be a forward-facing camera featuring lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and pedestrian warning algorithms.
The new system combines Samsung’s heritage in camera technology with HARMAN’s ADAS 360 solution that blends machine learning and data science with augmented reality to create a self-learning virtual co-passenger to ensure the connected driving experience is personalized and safe. The new system will begin shipping in 2018.