Into the Future
Whether it’s futuristic design or features such as power, speed and leading technology that impress us, the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show which was held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought us a glimpse into the future of cars. Around 170, 000 visitors were among those who were lucky enough to have a look at cars that, in future, will be able to drive themselves, cars that will sense passengers’ emotions. Most of the big names were represented as competition to bring new innovations to the industry becomes fierce.
Here are a few of The Car Buying Group’s favourites:
- One of the stars of this show was undoubtedly the Toyota Concept-i that, around 2030, will be able to read people’s emotions via artificial intelligence and act accordingly – if need be, the car will change its settings according to the mood it analyses.
- Hyundai aims to bring to the market the novel idea of a car that parks itself inside your home so you simply step out into your living area; it will also help run your home by using its hydrogen fuel cell power and air conditioning. This sounds like a bright idea if you fancy using your garage, or car for that matter, as office in future.
- Another car that drew a lot of interest is the forthcoming FF 91 electric vehicle from Faraday Future. It will be their first production car and so far it seems only 300 will be produced. It will come with features such as the ability to park itself. It will be fast too, reaching 60mph in only 2.39 seconds and will put out an impressive 1, 050hp and will have a range of between 378 and 435 miles per charge. You want to unlock your FF 91 without a key? Sure, certain facial expressions will do it for you! Production is set to start in 2018.
- BMW did not showcase a new car. Instead it introduced a new control concept called the HoloActive Touch system that reacts to gestures from the driver. Hand gestures are enough for the car to make specific selections; you don’t have to even touch the control interface.
- Fiat Chrysler showed its Portal Concept Car which will take smartphone and car tech to a new level: Your car will recognise you from a distance when you integrate its software to your smartphone. Once inside it will react to facial expressions and biometrics. It will also come with a ‘community display’ screen for more than one occupant to share information in the car.
Various other companies that may in future collaborate with car makers have been mentioned. One such example is the Amazon Alexa voice control system that may be introduced in Ford’s cars. And Nissan announced that it will use Microsoft’s Cortana Voice Assist.