Our 2019 CES highlights
At the beginning of each year, the Consumer Electronics Show helps us to get rid of the January blues by showing us a range of innovative new pieces of technology that we all can’t wait to get our hands on.
This year was no exception, especially when we saw the amount of exciting automotive technology that was on offer. Take a look below at our top five favourite pieces of tech that were on show during the event:
Hyundai Elevate – walking car concept
This futuristic car from the South Korean manufacturer still has the traditional four wheels; however, they are connected to the main body of the vehicle by mechanical ‘legs’.
It has been the perfect car to help you tackle the busy city streets – according to Hyundai, Elevate is capable of driving at motorway speeds, but also apparently has the ability to climb a five-foot wall and also step over a five-foot gap, all while having a track width up to 15 feet.
Efficiency has also been taken into consideration with the design – when acting like a normal vehicle you’re able to cut power to the joints in the legs.
We’ve integrated smart technologies into our homes to make our everyday lives that little bit easier, and now it’s time to add them into our cars. The Roav Bolt is a plug-in system that you can connect to your vehicle’s 12-volt socket, acting as a conduit for bringing the Google Voice Assistant into your home away from home.
You can issue commands simply by starting your sentence with “OK, Google” or by tapping the bolt itself. It will also run wirelessly through your car’s Bluetooth, but can also be connected by a 3.5mm jack to use it in older vehicles.
Toyota Guardian, semi-autonomous system
Autonomous cars have been a topic of discussion for a while now, but as time has gone on we’ve seen this idea become reality. The latest version of this from Toyota is their Guardian semi-autonomous system, which has been fitted to a Lexus LS 500h.
One of the systems fitted has been designed to supplement a human driver, and it is there to offer them help only when it is deemed necessary.
The Japanese manufacturer is so confident in its development of this system that it’s been said they will be offering it out to the entire industry and are currently in talks with potential partners.
Augmented reality in cars
As autonomous driving become more common, it will allow drivers to relax more while they are in the car. This has meant companies are coming up with innovative ways to entertain passengers.
Intel have partnered with BMW to outfit an X5 with augmented reality displays, which has the potential to turn an autonomous commute into a trip through Gotham City.
WayRay brought their augmented reality windshield to the forecourt. This goes beyond the traditional heads-up display by adding animated overlays across the glass, allowing you to learn more information than ever before.
The theory behind this windshield is that the technology can be used to help drivers improve their skills behind the wheel, or it will be able to improve the navigation system within the car.
Qualcomm displayed how they would be using cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected car technology around Las Vegas to help improve the safety of the city.
This type of connection allows the car to communicate with the city’s infrastructure to see what’s happening in the world around it, and will therefore provide you with more information while you’re behind the wheel.
Qualcomm hope that the introduction of this system can reduce the number of accidents throughout the City of Lights to make the roads safer for all users.
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