By: Dr.Adal M.Hussain,Phd (AKA) Dr.Abbey,Editor @ Large for World Liberty TV
The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, open to the public between 5 and 8 January, hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres.
Amazon is teaming up with Ford to offer customers the ability to access their car from home, and call up other features from their vehicle via Alexa. AT&T, Delphi and Ford announced at CES that they are developing a new capability to enhance Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) communications.Audi, like its parent company, has partnered up with Nvidia and presented the Q7 deep learning concept.
BMW Group gave ‘HoloActive Touch’ gesture control a world premiere at CES. The company also announced a partnership with Intel and Mobileye for the testing of a fleet of autonomous 7 Series sedans. At the 2016 CES, Faraday Future showed a hypercar concept which it said had electric motors that produced a combined 1000hp. The all-wheel drive design study was called the FFZERO1. The electric vehicle start up plans to manufacture vehicles at a 900-acre site in Nevada about 30 miles from downtown Las Vegas. Faraday Future had intended to spend as much as US$500m to have the North Las Vegas vehicle factory built. The company is controlled by Chinese tech billionaire Jia Yueting. In addition to selling its vehicles in the US, FF says it plans exports to China. In December 2015, the state of Nevada approved a package of incentives worth US$215m for Faraday Future’s manufacturing plant. The site was graded but due to a cash crisis, no construction has commenced. The company insists it has delayed its plans rather than cancelled them.
FCA has announced the Chrysler Portal as a world premiere for CES. This is a self-driving EV prototype of a futuristic looking minivan. A six-seater, the Portal has the ability to steer, brake and accelerate automatically in certain conditions. The seats, developed by FCA and Adient, are perhaps the most novel items in this vehicle. Each is on dual parallel tracks and the base swivels so that it is stowed vertically. FCA also displayed other technology at CES.
Ford announced details of the Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle, ahead of the concept’s debut. The car featured updated tech including new LIDAR sensors. Ford Motor Company and TMC used CES to announce a tech alliance. The OEMs are forming SmartDeviceLink Consortium. This is “a nonprofit organization working to manage an open source software platform with the goal of giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road”. Other firms in the alliance include FHI-Subaru Corporation, Mazda, Groupe PSA and Suzuki. Elektrobit, Luxoft, and Xevo are the first supplier members, while Harman, Panasonic, Pioneer and QNX have signed Letters of Intent to join.
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