Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is a place where you can see the latest technologies and gadgets. And you can find what will be trending in 1 year. This year’s CES was more interesting than ever. Why? Because the participants are not only from electronic company, like Samsung and Sony, but also from car companies. Yeah, if the auto show was the right place to introduce new cars and concept cars, then electronic show like CES is the best place to show off their latest technology to public.
Volvo introduced the newest safety technology, called Bicyclist Detection System that’s already included in Volvo Cars’ City Safety system. The system can reduce the possibility crash accident between bicycles and cars (especially Volvo). How does it work? The technology uses 2-way communication between Volvo drivers and cyclist through connected car and helmet. So, a cyclist’s position can be shared via Volvo cloud service to the car, and vice versa. The system will calculate distance and speed both road users. And if there was possibility of collisions, those road users will be warned through head-up display for Volvo driver and helmet-mounted alert light for cyclist.
Meanwhile, Hyundai showed off its new infotainment system, titled Display Audio. The company said that the latest system would support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It can operate a bunch of connected apps through 7-inch screen which has been optimized for smartphone integration. So, what can you do with Display Audio? You can make a call or answering phone in a safer way, send a text message via voice command, navigate using phone-based (that’s why there’s no in-built navigation), stream your favorite song (and that’s why there’s no CD Player), and more. Display Audio is set to debut on selected Hyundai’s 2016 models.
Moreover, Hyundai introduced Smartwatch app which can you operate with BlueLink telematic system. You can control some features with your Smartwatch which has been paired to your phone. You can lock or unlock, start or stop engine, flash the light, honk the horn, finder services, road assistance, and other BlueLink services. You can download the app for free from the first quarter of 2015. Hyundai said that it compatible with all existing BlueLink system.
A surprise came from General Motors (GM) which showed off 2016 Chevrolet Volt during media day for 30 seconds! The second generation brings Chevy’s latest identity grille. It looks good but it less attractive than what I expected before. There’s no information about what’s under the hood. But rumor has it, that it will be powered by 1.5 liter range-extender gasoline engine and lithium-ion battery which is lighter than the current generation. Full details of 2016 Volt will be revealed at 2015 NAIAS.
Audi presented A7 Piloted Driving Concept to the 2015 CES crowd. The German company is not only introducing the technology, but also let some journalists test it from Silicon Valley, California to CES venue in Las Vegas, Nevada. It took 885 km journey. The A7 Concept uses advanced system that is developed by Audi. The driver doesn’t need to drive the A7 from 0 km/h to 110 km/h. The system can do lane changes, passing other cars, accelerating, and braking automatically. Audi said that the system can change the lane with precision and in a timely manner. Because before changing the lane to the left or the right, it calculates the other vehicles’ speed surrounding the A7. If it was safe, it can do changing lane.
Mercedes-Benz introduced the latest autonomous car, F015 Luxury in Motion Concept. According to company, the futuristic concept car showed how the automobile is changing from a means of transportation to a private retreating space. The interior of the concept car looks roomy which has lounge-like design. There are four rotating seats. You can relax, work, or having a nice conversation with other passengers during the trip. The car offers information from the outside world via 6 display screens which is integrated to instrument panel, rear, and side panels. F015 comes with large LED lights and LED fields to interact with other vehicles on the road.
Still from German automaker. Now BMW’s turn to introduce their latest high-tech. If Audi and Mercedes are focus on autonomous car, then BMW prefer to show new lights technology. M4 Iconic Lights Concept took the center stage. The headlights comes up with Laserlight technology. It is integrated with assistance systems and vehicle sensors. Moreover, it can be used to develop new intelligent lighting function. For the rear lamps, BMW offers OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) technology. It produces lights from wafer-thin semiconducting layers of organic materials. It’s used for both brake lamps and turn-signal lamps. And it can produce 3D effect. BMW M said that it would use OLED technology for its line-up in the near future.
Another technology from Bavarian company is the next generation of iDrive. You know, it’s well-known as a complicated system when it was released for the first time. But now, it’s one of the best system in car. New iDrive offers larger screen with gesture control. So, you don’t need to control it through the steering wheel or touch the screen. And for the rear passenger, BMW introduced Touch Command. It’s basically a tablet which connects to car’s infotainment system via Wi-Fi. I can expect to see the new iDrive and Touch Command in 2016 7-Series.
Another German company which introduced its newest technology is Volkswagen (VW). The Wolfsburg-based company presented the Golf R Touch. According to VW, the infotainment system can recognize the gesture control and understand and assign meaning to them. So, you can interact with the system without touching the screen.
VW also introduced the e-Golf which is equipped with latest infotainment system, named MIB II. VW said that it incorporates an enormous range of apps, smartphones and tablets via its progressive interface management system. The system enables user organize several application into several clusters. For example, there’s Media Control that can integrate tablets and smartwatches into the infotainment system. An interesting feature is Digital Key which enables third parties to access the vehicle to lock/unlock and start/stop the engine via smartphone. Other features are Regular Routes that can show you alternatives route, Parking Guide which will guide you to look for parking space, and more.
Text: Andhika Pradityo