In recent years, CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics factory, has become a fairly large car show. After all, consumer and automotive technology are increasingly intertwined. For CES 2022, carmakers such as BMW, Cadillac, Hyundai, Mercedes and Sony – wait, who? – Really put some crazy futuristic concepts in high speed.
All in all, the mix of ideas ranged from slightly interesting to stunning. You’ve had prosaic news, like Amazon Fire TV integrating with Ford and Lincoln vehicles and YouTube video appearing at Volvo. But you’ve also had wild stories, like some concept cars that look like they belong elsewhere in the galaxy and others that change colors on their own.
Cadillac is making a kind of autonomous spaceship
The Cadillac concept car unveiled at CES 2022 is an incredibly sleek two-door intergalactic e-roadster that doesn’t turn out to be a sleek EV that your aunt takes to the farmer’s market or a practical crossover SUV for tomorrow’s families.
It has two seats and long, sloping lines. The door and the roof pop up. The seats connect as a love seat, but both swivel outwards for easier entry and exit. Good-looking cool-looking tires are made from soybean oil and silicon dioxide based on rice husk.
This lovely beast, part of the car manufacturer’s Halo Concept portfolio, should look like a saloon on wheels. It is completely autonomous and has a screen that occupies almost the entire control panel. No steering wheel. No pedals.
If you fulfill your goal in this matter, at least you will look pretty cool on the way out.
These Beemers put on shows and change colors without color
BMW has introduced a range of concepts, from a huge rear seat screen to a vehicle filled with art paintings to a car with a body that changes colors on its own.
The upcoming Theater Screen car manufacturer is awhich plays multimedia in resolutions up to 8K for the audience in the back seat. Turning on the screen makes the umbrellas on the rear windows darken the cabin while the “sound experience” created by Hans Zimmer appears. BMW said this will be in car production “very soon”.
Debuting in the BMW iX M60 EV, Digital Art Mode displays the art of multimedia artist Cao Fei on the curved digital dashboard of the iX and adjusts the ambient lighting to go with it. This feature will be added to production cars later this year, BMW said.
Car art may look convenient, but how about a BMW that changes color – outside – alone? The BMW iX Flow concept allows each body panel to move through every part of the gray range with a choice of design. It’s completely cool, but it also makes sense if you want your car to be mostly white to reflect a little sun on a hot day.
Oh, and BMW debuted with a new high-performance EV SUV. BMW iX M60. A real car.
Mercedes-Benz shows a sexy and quite serious EV
In an exhibition like this, some concepts are on the “pie in the sky” page – or wherever that Cadillac goes – and some aren’t. The Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX may belong to the latter category, with at least some of its features likely to appear on actual electric vehicles in the next few years.
The car looks clear, but it is also a highly efficient EV. The advanced body design with super-low drag coefficient and advances in powertrain technology allow it a theoretical range of 621 miles. Tesla’s longest production was just over 400.
And Mercedes said it would do so without the battery being particularly large or heavy. The air channeled under the body cools the battery, allowing less reliance on liquid cooling.
All this, and it has seats made of mushrooms and a control panel that extends all the way across the car as one connected screen.
Sony is doubling the EV with a new SUV
Sony’s automotive aspirations are no complete surprise, as it offered the EV sedan concept, Vision-S, two years ago. That car was tested on the road. But it is still a little surprising when an electronic company known for headphones and such actually throws out the car. On stage.
At CES 2022, Sony debuted with the Vision-S 02. It’s an electric SUV that is a bit like the larger Vision-S. A little less elegant, a little more practical. It is approximately the same size as the Tesla Model Y.
The Vision-S 02 delivers 268 horsepower through a pair of electric motors. At £ 5,500, he needs strength.
Inside the car, a series of sensors monitor passengers as numerous screens broadcast content to them. The speakers in the seats offer 360-degree sound. And of course, you can keep playing where you left off, with a PlayStation connection to the console at home.
It’s really not yet known if Sony’s new mobility division will put this car on the road, but it could easily happen.
It’s all very nice, but in the future we’ll be traveling in pods
However, CES 2022 – ahm, the “auto show” – wasn’t all about sexy futuristic concept cars. Hyundai has introduced its Plug and Drive (PnD) concept. Relying heavily on advanced robotics, they stick to new methods of mobility in the future in which cars – inevitably? – not everything, after all.
The PnD module is an electrical substrate concept that takes advantage of 360-degree control and electricity. There are many possible uses – such as helping logistics robots to deliver cargo safely, allowing people with reduced mobility to move relatively freely, or bringing an ambulance to those in need.
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