CES 2016: Top Cars and the Tech That Goes with Them
Electric, connected and autonomous. Those are the three words that can sum up the automotive section of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) of 2016. ProClip USA has been attending CES for over ten years, and just like every year, CES 2016 gave us a glimpse of the future.
Cars are kind of our thing, so needless to say we spent the majority of our time this year drooling over the large high-tech auto show put on by CES. All the big players came out to show off, and they all boasted much of the same technology. If you weren’t looking at an electric vehicle, you were most likely viewing a self-driving car. And, everything came equipped with automotive technology designed to keep you connected and to make your life easier. Below are our top car picks from CES 2016.
Faraday Future FFZERO1
The mysterious Faraday Future electric vehicle came out of the shadows at CES 2016 in the form of a 1000-horsepower sports car known as the FFZero1. This electric concept car featured four “Quad Core” motors that claim to be able to go 0-60 mph in under three seconds and has the ability to reach speeds of over 200 mph. The Faraday Future drove a lot of traffic from event goers, and although it is a beautiful car, we shouldn’t get our hopes up of owning one. It looks like this beauty will remain the only one of its kind.
Mercedes-Benz wowed us last year with their, autonomous F 015 concept car. This year they brought back the same autonomous driving technology, but in the form of three standard-production vehicles. In fact, these were the first self-driving cars to be awarded a test licence for autonomous driving in the U.S. state of Nevada. Mercedes E-Class vehicles are extensively equipped with intelligent technology, and with the exception of a few changes that need to be made to the Drive Pilot control software, these self-driving cars are almost ready to hit the road.
Toyota Smart Center
Toyota grabbed our attention with its Smart Center, which focused on the technology that will shape future vehicles. In order to properly showcase their new technologies, they brought in two concept cars, the Toyota FCV Plus (featured above) and the Kikai (featured below). Toyota emphasized that the future of vehicles is much more than transportation, it’s about connecting the users and vehicles in order to improve driving safety and to deliver comfort and convenience to the passengers. The Smart Center showcased Toyota’s concept of a private, cloud-based system that would collect the data of Toyota users in an effort to connect the drivers and their vehicles to their communities, ultimately creating a “Smart Mobile Society” that makes every driver more safe.
Volkswagen BUDD-e Van
After the recent emissions scandal, Volkswagen attempted to get back in the good graces with American consumers; their answer? The all-electric BUDD-e concept van which they have coined, “the most social car ever”. BUDD-e resembles the classic VW bus, striking a nostalgic cord for many CES attendees. BUDD-e might look old school, but inside it was all high-tech. The van allows all of its passengers to sync up their devices to the van, in the hopes that a trip in BUDD-e, with the help of the futuristic infotainment system, would be a truly social experience. According to VW, their new electric van can get up to 233 on a single charge and can recharge up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. However, it would seem that
BUDD-e’s design is more important than the specs on this electric vehicle, and we’re okay with that.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
It seems Chevy took the lead on electronic cars with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Well, at least in terms of an affordable car for the masses. The Bolt EV can get up to 200 miles on a single charge. Not too shabby, considering the extended interior space and the technology that comes with it – and all for the low price of $30,000 after federal tax credits. The battery on the Bolt can reach 80 percent of capacity in 60 minutes. If you’re interested in buying one, they should be available by the end of 2016.
Car Tech: Nvidia
Nividia made a big splash this year with its second-generation Drive PX 2 self-driving computer, which makes rear-view and side mirrors obsolete. We were fortunate enough to get an interview with a Nvidia representative at the show. You can learn more about the technology in the video below.