The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event held in Las Vegas. Going on Jan. 8 through 11, this year’s CES is expected to draw more than 180,000 people to Sin City to ogle the latest electronic devices and check out the hottest technology trends for use in home, business and automotive applications.
Technology has changed the automotive landscape forever. Vehicles are becoming increasingly high-tech, and will eventually become more like mobile living rooms and even be able to walk over obstructions in the roadway – unlike the cars we’re used to driving today.
Here are a few takeaways from your friends at Ric’s Body & Paint about this year’s CES and things to watch for down the road:
- Automotive designers are planning for what drivers will do when cars become autonomous (driverless.) They figure that once you’re not preoccupied with traditional “driving” you’ll want a more home-like experience, almost like a mobile living room with comfortable, massaging seats and ambient lighting that will put you in a stress-free mood on the way to the office. They’re introducing virtual assistants that differ from what we’re used to now like Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant, because they will focus on vehicle functions rather than obeying your commands via a smartphone or smart speaker. For example, BMW is developing its Intelligent Personal Assistant, set to debut on the redesigned 2020 3 Series and eventually featured in the rest of the BMW lineup. Using natural voice commands, it will control various aspects of the car. If a driver says “Hey BMW, I’m cold,” Intelligent Personal Assistant will adjust the temperature inside the car, and can serve as a paperless owner’s manual, telling you how a certain feature works or providing current vehicle status, such as checking the oil. If you tell it you want to relax, the assistant can change the radio station and adjust the climate control to ease your stress.
- What will you do if you encounter heavy debris on the roadway ahead of you, especially after a disaster like an earthquake? Hyundai is developing Elevate, a four-legged and four-wheeled vehicle which will be able to walk or climb over the most treacherous terrain.
- Mercedes-Benz is working on the Vision Urbanetic, a concept vehicle geared toward ride-hailing and delivery fleets. It has an electric drivetrain and switchable bodies to accommodate people or goods for delivery. Its ride-hailing body can seat up to 12 passengers and in cargo configuration, it can accommodate items on ten 40-by-48-inch pallets and can be part of an autonomous fleet, programmed with efficient routes based on a company’s needs.
While we’ll have to wait to see what amazing things the future will bring us, rest assured that if your current vehicle needs repairs after a collision, Ric’s Body & Paint is here to help. For expert, guaranteed service that will get your vehicle back on the road and better than ever, contact us today!