With the world still recovering from Christmas the automotive industry is preparing for the Detroit Motor Show – also known as the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS. But before that opens there is one increasingly important consumer show that is becoming just a little more car-focused each year.
That event is the Consumer Electronics Show or CES, held every January in Las Vegas, Nevada and used to highlight the next big things in contemporary electronics.
We looked at what some of the world’s car makers had on show, consumer electronics we could soon be enjoying from behind the wheel.
HONDA GOES CME AT CES
‘Co-operative Mobility Ecosystem’ or CME was the buzz phrase at Honda. What does it mean? Honda uses the phrase to describe the connection of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data to transform our driving.
CME allows vehicles to communicate, not only with each other but also with signs, traffic lights and anything else that helps cut traffic congestion by improving traffic flow.
Even better, says Honda, CME has the potential to cut traffic fatalities. On a less gloomy note, it can also deliver new types of in-vehicle entertainment experiences and will ultimately let vehicles operate independently.
Putting that into practice, Honda showed off its NeuV concept car, an electrically-driven, automated minicar equipped with an artificial intelligence ‘emotion engine’. There was also a concept motorcycle using robotics to maintain balance.
NISSAN’S INTELLIGENT MOBILITY
The world, says Nissan, is facing serious challenges such as climate change, traffic congestion, road fatalities and increasing air pollution so to help overcome that, the Japanese car maker wants to make personal transportation safer, smarter, and more enjoyable.
How does it plan to do that? With Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a plan the company calls its road map. Nissan Intelligent Mobility encompasses three core areas of innovation: intelligent driving, intelligent power and intelligent integration.
Intelligent driving will enhance safety with better control and greater comfort with features such as Intelligent Around-View Monitor, Intelligent Lane Intervention and ProPilottechnology which will be commonplace in Nissan cars by 2020.
The company says it is also committed to achieving zero-emission mobility by making internal combustion engines more efficient, increasing hybridisation and putting more advanced technologies, such as fuel cells, into electric vehicles.
Future Nissans will also interact with people, other cars and road infrastructure which will eventually lead to remote vehicle operation, reduced traffic jams, more efficient car-sharing schemes and improved energy management.
HYUNDAI’S HYPER CONNECTIONS
Korean powerhouse Hyundai unveiled its plans for advanced connected car technology at the CES by rolling-out the ‘hyper-connected car’ which it says will be central to greater convenience, comfort and enjoyment for future lifestyles.
Hyundai is collaborating with global IT company Cisco to create a platform optimised for connected cars, allowing them to communication internally with their own systems and externally with road infrastructure, other vehicles, the internet and the Cloud.
Hyundai is planning not only for fully autonomous driving but also optimised route guidance in a car which monitors its own systems while acting as a fully connected mobility centre.
The company says a ‘hyper-connected’ car would evolve to link to everything, including homes, offices and even city infrastructure.
BMW GETS CONNECTED
German luxury car maker BMW is already a connected company using intuitive and flexible control and display systems such as head-up instrument displays, iDrive, voice control and gesture control but that is really just the beginning.
New systems currently being developed include intelligent connectivity between vehicles, drivers and the outside world and to showcase that, BMW presented a prototype based on the new BMW 5 Series sedan.
The car showed-off innovative digital services underpinned by BMW Connected and its Open Mobility Cloud platform as well as Connected Window. Even control layouts are being marked for change as the BMW i Inside Future sculpture, with its hologram-inspired control systems, showed.
BMW also showed digital services that will allow future drivers to use an in-car, voice-controlled, personal digital assistant, an in-car version of Microsoft’s Cortana, effectively extending the voice-controlled assistant already offered on home PCs to the car.
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