Every year in January, the titans of the tech industry converge in Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. At this industry event, thousands of tech companies come to show off their latest products and innovations.
The growing demand for high-tech connected automobiles has resulted in many of the world’s biggest automakers joining the show. Manufacturers such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota were on site to show off their newest automotive technologies. Here is a quick look at some of the things we saw at CES 2015.
Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept car
This Mercedes concept car is a cutting-edge example of an autonomous car – one that can completely drive itself! The car is powered by an electric drive system with a hydrogen fuel cell, which will deliver up to 1,100 km (683 miles) of zero-emission driving.
Audi Piloted Driving
Audi is also perfecting its own self-driving car, which they call “piloted driving.” The A7 concept car shown here drove itself 550 miles from Los Angeles to Las Vegas without incident.
Audi Prologue Concept Car
This gorgeous looking 4-seater coupe from Audi is a concept car showing the future of their brand styling and technology. This car features the same piloted driving system as the A7, and will include a hybrid powertrain with a 4.0L V8 engine and electric motor, for a combined output of 668 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.
Audi Laser Headlights
The Audi R8 LMX is a limited production run of 99 vehicles that feature Laser headlights. The beam of blue light is directed through a diffuser that changes its visible color to a brilliant white.
Tesla Model X
The Model X is the first crossover SUV from Tesla Motors. On display at the Panasonic booth, this vehicle is not yet available and is expected to go on sale in early 2016. The vehicle features a 100% electric powertrain and crazy gullwing doors in the rear. Pricing is rumored to be “about the same” as the Model S.
Hyundai Genesis Augmented Reality
Hyundai is really stepping up their game with connected automobiles. The Genesis concept car on display at CES featured a new prototype augmented reality system that allows the car to be aware of its surroundings. It can automatically detect events such as a pedestrian darting out into the road and apply the brakes.
Volkswagen Golf EV with Inductive Charging
Volkswagen is working to simplify the concept of electric vehicles with wireless charging technology. Instead of “plugging in” your electric vehicle at night, simply park over the inductive charging mat. No cords, no hassle, no problem!
Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle
Toyota is investing big into fuel cell technology, as evidenced by this Mirai concept car that looks like a production-ready car. This zero-emission car can be refueled in 5 minutes and offers a 300 mile range.
Ford Mustang with SYNC 3
The all-new 2015 Mustang features the latest generation of SYNC, Ford’s in-car control system for audio, navigation, and climate control settings. The new version is faster and offers a completely redesigned menu that is easier and more intuitive to use.
BMW M1 Supercar
Action camera maker GoPro is known for having the coolest vehicles on display at their booth, and this year was no exception! The BMW M1 is the only mid-engine car in BMW’s history, and with just 430 cars produced, they are very rare indeed. This one is outfitted with a widebody kit and roll cage.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 features GM’s MyLink system, which is common among other GM vehicles. Additionally, the Corvette is packed with performance sensors, a built-in video recorder, and numerous other gadgets. The Z06 Convertible shown here is expected to go into production later this year.