Mobility at the Las Vegas High-Tech Showroom
Less science fiction, more concreteness in innovation. This is the message that emerges from the 2019 edition of the Ces of Las Vegas, the technology fair that closed its doors yesterday and saw, once again, the car and its digital revolution at the center of the scene. In fact, it has now become a real show of the car able to overshadow the great international events, starting with Detroit that will open next week and that from 2020 will be held in June just to not suffer more competition from the Ces.
And so alongside rollable televisions, drones, robots and voice assistants, it was the automakers that dominated. And many have a European passport, in fact German as the big three of the Teutonic premium were lined up: BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
In fact, a very innovative idea as ever futuristic, concerns the Jacquard fabric used in the rear of the vehicle. With a simple touch it comes to life and allows the passenger to control, through specific gestures, the reproduction of music for example. Each time you operate, LEDs are activated under the fabric. Thanks to ShyTech, the most unusual surfaces can instantly transform into user interfaces never seen before and suitable for a car that should anticipate future robot cars and be the Bmw hi-tech poster. The iNext is also innovative in the carbon structure and will have a range of about 500 km.
Auto & Hi-tech, so change the car. All the innovations showcased in Las Vegas
At the center of the bridge there will be two LCD displays but you could have dared more with the technologies for flexible, curved and rollable screens. The appearance is that of two tablet on the bridge, while the development hypothesized for the intelligent voice assistant of Bmw is interesting. Already with the 7.0 system mounted on X5 and Series 3, the voice interaction is remarkable, at the level of Google Assistant or Siri. Too bad that incomprehensibly only Apple CarPlay is available and not Adroid Auto. Performance guaranteed with the bike without a driver: a Bmw R 1200 GS able to drive alone, to make difficult routes and to go down in the fold like a true centaur.
At Ces Mercedes, she removed the veils from the new Cla, based on the latest generation of Class A, using the MBUX infotainment technology that debuted on the baby Benz at the Ces 2018. The car is streamlined with a sloping muzzle and a snug tail to the DNA of the model that winks to the four-door coupé formula. Audi on the other hand has exhibited only a little of the many technologies that it launched in 2018 as the user interfaces of the e-Tron electric suv. Concreteness in the Nissan house that, alongside shots like the imaginary “visible to invisible” technology (which according to the Japanese house would help drivers see the invisible combining the real and the virtual world), presented the Leaf e + with an autonomy which rises, according to the WLTP approval from about 270 km to over 385.
The Ces has seen the presence of many component manufacturers, from Bosch (if we speak in the piece to the side) up to ZF. The latter has unveiled a supercomputer (ProAIRoboThink) for autonomous driving that symbolizes the transition of the German multinational from mechanics to microchips, from transmissions to digital systems for robotized driving. A true example of industrial reconversion that makes us understand how much German industry wants to compete with the hi-tech of Silicon Valley. And there are all the potentials that companies like Californian Nvidia or Qualcomm are active in the automotive industry but the Germans exploit the technology in their systems only as a commodity.
Finally, Hyundai has brought Elevate, a concept that introduces the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) category. In addition to moving with the four wheels, the vehicle is able to overcome obstacles. And, considering its qualities, it can have a future, for example, in rescues in areas that are difficult to reach.