LAS VEGAS, NV — It seems now every automaker is jumping on the bandwagon with electric and autonomous vehicles, and at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, manufacturers showed off the future of automobiles.
BMW has a vision of what the interior of future driverless cars could look like, and the technology they push for include touchless, free-floating holographic image interfaces. Projected from the console, users can interact with a finger, but without making physical contact.
“Because we have micro-speakers embedded in the console as well, when you reach to touch the virtual button, you also get feedback through the tip of your finger — as if you were actually touching something, although you’re just reaching in midair,” BMW of North America’s David Buchko told BA.
Nevada-based company Faraday Future introduces Faraday Future 91, an all-electric car that can go from 0 to 60 miles in just 2.39 seconds — making Faraday the fastest accelerating electric car.
Faraday will make its first car available to the public in 2018.
Volkswagen offered an autonomous driving car, in an all-electric Volkswagen ID concept. The company has an app connect service that allows drivers to connect virtually to any smartphone.
Toyota’s concept I, from-the-ground-up concept vehicle, has its own artificial intelligence agent called Yui. Yui will learn your habits, and communicates using in-car lighting, sound and touch.
Vision Van from Mercedes-Benz Vans is a revolutionary van study for the urban environment. The Vision Van features a fully-automated cargo space, and integrated drones for autonomous air deliveries.
Meanwhile, Japanese manufacturer Nissan introduced their semi-autonomous technology from Nissan’s pro-pilot system .
Whether its electric power, autonomous capabilities, or smart electronics — consumer at CES are looking forward to a bright future in the car industry.