2016 CES: 8 Things to Watch
Starting next week, 200,000 square feet of the Las Vegas convention center will be covered floor to ceiling in emerging automotive technology. And it’s not even a car show. CES in Vegas has quickly grown from an electronics-based conference to an all-encompassed convergence of technology and transportation. Welcoming as many as 160,000 visitors in 2015 alone, 2016 promises to be even bigger and better than ever before. That’s good news for us, considering we’ll be bringing you information live from the show floor. But before we do, here’s a quick preview of some of the displays you can expect. Faraday Future
The name, the company, the vehicle—all still shrouded in mystery. Faraday Future, seemingly out of nowhere, made a name for itself by hiring a healthy collection of auto executives and technology experts from around the globe. Now, the all-electric SUV is ready to make a splash in Vegas.
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Transportation group Uber isn’t doing anything particularly special for CES—but its presence will be felt. Uber has patterned with Vinli to help provide free WiFi in its vehicles throughout the duration of the show. That means you won’t miss a second of CES, even when you’re not at CES.
Riding the wave of success that is the Volt, Chevrolet isn’t one to turn down the opportunity to push the envelope even further with a hybrid electric SVU. It’s called the Bolt, and it’s making its full, production debut at CES.
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Electric Volkswagen Bus
Volkswagen has remained pretty mum on its upcoming CES debut. We’ve seen a teaser (pictured above), but rumors are circulating suggesting the possibility of a reborn Bus, this time with an electric drivetrain.
Rinspeed may not have the same clout as say Tesla or Chevrolet, but the Swiss tuning shop isn’t one to be left out of the innovating game. An autonomous BMW i8 dubbed the Etos will be on display.
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Delphi Autonomous Audi
Remember the Audi SQ5 that drove itself from New York to San Francisco? Well, Delphi group is back, bringing their latest in autonomous technology to CES. This year we’ll see even more from the self-driving SUV—including eye movement controls, a 3D digital instrument cluster, and even cup holders that wirelessly charge your phone.
Ford and CES have named the new GT supercar the official vehicle of CES. It’s an intriguing choice, but hints at the likelihood of a production-spec version, complete with a gorilla glass windshield and what we expect to be some new form of technology.
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BMW wants to do away with fussy touchscreen systems and replace them with the "intuitive control" AirTouch technology. What it is is a gesture-controlled interface that allows the user to control each aspect of the interface simply by motioning their hand. This new feature, BMW hopes, will transfer from the stage to real-world application sometime in the near future.
These are just a few of the bigger names making a splash at CES. Alongside the Ford GT and Chevrolet Bolt will be plenty of other new automotive advancements. But we’ll just have to wait until we’re on the show floor to see all these new technologies for ourselves.