Top car tech at CES 2015
At this year’s CES the general trend in automotive were self-driving, self-parking and sensors. Read more in our wrap-up of the major future car technologies.
BMW were getting most of the buzz
BMW were displaying an array of new laser scanning sensors (not available on cars today) which enables self-parking cars and collision detection and avoidance. The sensors are 360 degrees, for example if a driver is about to hit something the car will automatically brake. If the driver steers away from the obstacle the car will release the brake.
Another interesting feature that the sensors enable is the possibility to park the car (without the driver being in the car) using a smart watch or smart phone.
Valeo displayed Cruise4U
It’s clear that car manufacturers and customers (apparently) want more autonomous features in their cars. Valeo is a company providing systems for car makers enabling self-parking and self-driving, it’s used by many manufacturers including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Volkswagen and Volvo.
On CES 2015 they displayed the Cruise4U system, which scans the road with laser enabling autonomous driving. See the technology in action in Las Vegas:
Mercedes showed off their F015 Luxury in motion concept car. The car is of course autonomous and according to Mercedes it’s a “mobile living space” (the interior looked more like a limo). There are four seats and six screens.
Obviously the car is electric, 200 km on the battery and 900 km on a fuel cell in the car. There is no driver seat since the car apparently drives itself.
— Mercedes-Benz (@MercedesBenz) 9 januari 2015
A lot of the technology will take decades to materialize and reach consumers, but the concept itself and the society Mercedes is envisioning is interesting.
…and the Chevy Volt is back
Chevrolet held a sort of private event at CES 2015 where they displayed the new Chevy Volt electric car for 30 seconds, no technical details were given. From what we can make out of the images from the event the design is more aggressive than the predecessor, it does however resemble Toyota Mirai and Prius.
Sales for the previous Chevy Volt and its European sibling Opel Ampera were weak, so GM has some catching up to do.