At CES 2017, BMW has launched their new 5 series cars that supports self-driving technology and has different modes to choose from.
The best technology and gadgets are being showcased at the Consumer Electronic Shows 2017. BMW is one among many automobile manufacturers who show keen interest in making their cars fully autonomous. If successfully done, the cars will be capable of providing next gen experience to passengers onboard. The 5 series seventh generation model was launched in October last year.
While the basics of the model remains the same, it is strikingly different because of the completely autonomous prototype features integrated in it. The car is scheduled to be available in dealership stores by 2021. Almost every brand has its own electric, autonomous car but BMW has differentiated itself from competition by showing a car that looks production ready. Some of the credit should go to the company’s long running tradition of making practical cars, technical expertise. All they have to do is add the essential sensors and meet regulations before bringing this ambitious model out.
The first batch of BMW 5 series cars will be equipped with semi-autonomous features. A digital map will allow the car to understand its position and location. The feature is very important because it allows the vehicle to stay in the correct lane, recognize streets and drive on its own even though it is mandatory for a driver to be seated in at all times.
Powered by latest operating systems, the car will stay fully connected. The service will connect to your calendar app to notify you of appointments on the way and will automatically set course for the location if you say yes. It will find optimal routes with least traffic so as to help you reach the venue in time. The autonomous technology has been named ‘Passenger mode’ by BMW.
The 5 series model also supports Amazon Prime video to enjoy visual content on the go in its large touchscreen display and supports Amazon Prime Now. The intelligent car will automatically dim lights and close window shields if you choose to watch a movie on Amazon. It works with all major smartphones and tablets so that the content on your mobile device could be shared with the car. And, you can choose to be James Bond when you use the Robot Valet Parking service. The driver can try to manually navigate the car from a distance which is bit tricky but in most cases the car will automatically park itself in the available area.
Toyota launched Concept-i vehicle at the CES 2017 event.
The car is designed by the CALTY research group and uses SF-based innovation hub with the ability to read the driver’s habit to improvise accordingly.
The concept is very similar to technology companies like Google and Microsoft. They keep track of user habits and improvise the overall experience through big data collection. However, introducing a similar idea in an automobile is something unheard of in the past. Next generation car owners are more demanding that has prompted Toyota to take the unconventional route.
With the objective to implement autonomous driving technology, the team at CALTY led by design manager William Chergosky has embarked on an ambitious journey. “We have already spent two years to bring our vision to life and our goal is to create a futuristic car that’s fully autonomous by 2030. It will be fun to drive and the entire automobile industry is moving towards automatic driving. A lot of things in the Concept-i are centered around user experience,” said Chergosky.
Instead of trying to make cars look like robots, the entire team behind the Toyota Concept-i electric autonomous car is trying to humanize it. The car will learn a lot from its users and will try to deliver them what they need even before they ask for it. It will use multiple sensors, voice recognition and connectivity options to achieve it. The vehicle will greet the user in a friendly tone, can switch from autonomous to manual mode when you are in the mood to drive and has LED lights across which will keep changing to compliment the mood.
An AI named YUI – you-EE is integrated in the center console. The infotainment dashboard not only performs mundane tasks but does much more. It makes use of generalized information and real user habits to create a personality of its own, reports Techcrunch. The Yui system will use exterior lights, sounds and haptic feedback to express itself to its users. Apart from notifying drivers of hazards, possible routes and locations to hang out, the presentation is what is expected to set the Toyota car apart from other models. A whole range of electrified, autonomous models will also be able to communicate with one another to notify you if someone in your family likes to meet you. Such interactions are expected to make each car feel more personalized even though they are still in their early concept stage.
Ford confirmed during CES 2017 that they are planning to build an all-electric SUV.
The vehicle will be powered with autonomous features and designed to appeal to the segment of buyers who like compact crossovers.
In an earlier statement, the automobile brand announced that they have planned to launch at least 13 electric vehicles in the next five years. It marks their big entry into the world of electric cars and Ford is planning to offer a car in multiple segments including hatchbacks, SUVs among other models. The newest announced confirmed that the upcoming model is an all-electric compact SUV equipped with fully autonomous technology. If you are already excited to buy this one, you are in for a disappointment and the car won’t be available until 2021.
Technical specifications of the upcoming model remain sparse. While Ford did confirm they will be building the new SUV at their Flat Rock plant in Michigan during the CES 2017 announcement that was the only update done during the conference. Being an all-electric SUV meant for 2021, it is not surprising to see the manufacturer keeping all details under wraps as they are probably not ready to reveal them all right now. Apart from this crossover, there will be a plug-in Transit custom car, smaller cars as well as one designed for the police department.
Ford is debuting their EV technology this year which enters alpha phase in 2017 and from now on, the tech will continue to improve with real time statistics collected on road. Making electric vehicles easy to use is an important task for all automobile manufacturers. People should be able to readily charge them, use the features and be able to rely on its autonomous technology. Besides, the engine should be reliable and render performance on par with petrol or diesel powertrains.
During the CES 2017 event, Ford discussed their plans to introduce electric cars in massive numbers so that they become mainstream. However, the company didn’t reveal any plans related to setting up charging stations. A viable way is to make use of existing gas stations and garages which when equipped with quick charging ports make it easy for users to drive anywhere. Implementing the idea in different countries may take time but many European countries have already managed to achieve it because of Tesla’s presence there. A unified communication system is also being developed to make autonomous technology possible.
Fiat Chrysler Portal electric concept car is already popular at CES 2017 with a selfie cam, semi-autonomous technology and its spacious minivan inspired design.
With an apt caption that says, “designed by millenials for millenials”, the Portal concept model which is scheduled to make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 is going to make a lot of people happy. Automobile companies focus on speed but the younger generation loves connectivity and being able to showcase their adventure trips to the world. The Chrysler Portal has it all with a large 11.8.2-inch wheelbase for maximum comfort, a touchscreen display on the dashboard with a mounted selfie cam and additional display in the back seat for passengers behind.
The three seater minivan crossover wagon is still in its concept stage and may or may not be greenlight to go into production. However, the Fiat Chrysler team’s vision seems plausible and practical just like how people expect their models to be. The dashboard is one of the subtle designs we have seen but it is equipped to the core with internet connectivity, social media apps combined with a large LCD and a touchscreen display. Each one of them is dedicated to performing specific functions.
It’s not all about fancy selfies and updating them on the social media though. The Portal Concept is a large three seater powered by a big 100kWh lithium ion battery. The battery pack is conveniently mounted under the seat so that it doesn’t obstruct the overall clean design. The car can go more than 250 miles and the 350kW fast charging technology lets you go get 150 miles of travel with just 15 minutes spent charging.
A post on Autoblog confirmed that the Chrysler Portal has SAE level 3 autonomous driving capability. Facial recognition, voice recognition and internal wireless network are its key features. There’s even an intercom to talk to those on the third row seat and people can share video, audio connect by using the LAN connection provided inside the car. The doors can slide front or back which is another unique feature that sets the SUV crossover apart.
Once the official announcement takes place at CES 2017, we will know lot more about the Fiat Chrysler Portal electric concept car. It will go into production based on how well it is received by customers and even if it doesn’t we can be sure that the ideas will inspire another new model designed to adopt newer technology in the automobile sector.