CES 2013: Ken Block’s 630HP Fiesta from Gymkhana 5

If the name Ken Block doesn’t sound familiar to you, you might want to get to a computer and search YouTube for the word “Gymkhana.” Mr. Block has popularized the sport of gymkhana, which is sort of like gymnastics for your car.

Think of Gymkhana (jim-kah-nuh) as a more advanced version of autocross. In traditional autocross, drivers hone their skills by trying to set the best time around a track while avoiding obstacles such as cones. With Gymkhana, the goal is the same, however the courses are much more challenging and require precise moves such as drifting, 180-degree and 360 degree spins, figure 8s, and all sorts of other automotive acrobatics.

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Hyundai Genesis Blue2 Fuel Cell Concept Car

At the 2013 CES show, I spotted a concept car that really pushes the technology envelope. It features energy-efficient lighting, is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, and has more screens than Best Buy. But perhaps the most surprising thing about this car is that it’s a Hyundai.

The Hyundai Genesis Blue2 is a concept car that is built around Hyundai’s MediaLink system, which brings smart capabilities like Bluetooth 3.0, Internet radio, and a full web browser to the driver’s seat.

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CES 2013: Lexus Introduces Self-Driving Car

It is 2013 and the world still does not have jetpacks, Star Trek Replicators, or time machines. But before you give up on your dreams of a high-tech future, listen to what Lexus has just come out with. Their Integrated Safety team was on hand at this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas to show off a self-driving car.

You may remember that I wrote about Google’s Self-Driving Prius as part of my SEMA 2012 coverage. This car works in much the same way as Google’s car: it relies on a multitude of sensors and instruments to safely navigate its way to your destination.

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Chevrolet Debuts MyLink Infotainment System

There is an astonishing amount of technology present in today’s automobiles. Everything from transmissions to traction control, stability control, and other vehicle monitoring systems are all controlled by onboard computers. Therefore, it makes sense that General Motors would showcase its latest gadgets not at an auto show, but at the 2013 International CES show.

CES is the world’s largest trade show, drawing thousands of engineers, geeks, and tech-minded people from all over the world. Here, GM was showing off its latest in-car infotainment system called MyLink. The MyLink system won a CES Innovation Award for 2013 and was available for demonstrations throughout the show.

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