A Series of New-Gen Tech Automobiles Unveiled at the CES 2022
Indi EV Conceived the Idea of “World’s First Social Media Equipped Car”
Indi EV, a California-based electric vehicle startup, debuted a prototype of the Indi One at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 held in Las Vegas, U.S., calling it “the world’s first social media-oriented automobile”. The vehicle claims to have an integrated computer for gaming, a complete Windows workstation capable of handling Zoom conversations and even recording events that can later be shared on social media, and software that allows passengers to collect trip information and video to be uploaded to the cloud.
In another development, Qualcomm, a leading semiconductor manufacturer, increased its commitment to powering automotive in-vehicle technology at CES 2022 by adding additional OEM clients. The Snapdragon digital chassis from Qualcomm provides automakers with a platter of cloud-connected “platforms” comprising systems on a chip (SoC). The chassis includes 5G services, C-V2X, Bluetooth positioning, and Snapdragon Cockpit.
Also, Stellantis is coming closer to Amazon. Stellantis, an automotive parts manufacturer, announced a partnership with the firm at CES 2022 that will affect practically every element of its operations. Amazon’s technology will assist Stellantis in the development of cars, create connected in-vehicle experiences and train the next generation of automotive software developers.
Autonomous Cars Reigned Supreme at CES 2022
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On the artificial intelligence front, Cerence announced the Cerence Co-Pilot, in-car assistance that employs continuous learning to anticipate the driver’s demands and proactively begin activities. The co-pilot uses the car’s sensors and data to analyze the surroundings inside and outside the vehicle, assessing factors such as speech, sight, gesture, and touch to understand user preferences and conduct actions on the driver’s behalf. Another revelation in the autonomous segment for mobility was by Gentex. Gentex attended CES 2022 to demonstrate its nanofiber sensing technology. In summary, a sensor connects these tiny fibers to electrodes that can detect certain substances, producing an electrical signal that may be used to identify the molecule in question. When it detects a diesel truck, it may immediately alter your car’s HVAC, but in more severe applications, Gentex’s nanofibers may identify bombs.
Additionally, in an unprecedented high-speed duel between self-driving cars, a racecar with no driver maneuvered around another to take the lead on an oval track at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Students from all around the globe accompanied their autonomous racing cars. By rapidly evaluating data from sophisticated sensors, the students design the software that drives the automobile. The cars’ software must predict how other vehicles on the track will behave and then navigate accordingly.
Hyundai Unveiled its Smart Commercial Pod Concept
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Hyundai’s involvement at CES 2022 was less about vehicles and more about how society will evolve when new modes of transportation are introduced. The disclosure at CES 2022 by the company was of a smart pod module. The Plug and Drive module is a hypothetical electric pod with 360-degree steering and electric power. It may be used to assist logistics robots in securely delivering items, or it can be scaled up to a single-person pod, considerably improving freedom for those with restricted mobility. The Drive and Life system is similar to the Plug and Drive system; it may be used for guide bots as well as other manned and unmanned applications.
On the other hand, SkyDrive, a Japanese aircraft manufacturer that revealed its ultra-light tiny flying car, the SD-03, at the CES 2022, plans to launch its flying taxi service by 2025. The Tokyo-based firm was founded in July 2018 and has made investments in the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and freight drones. According to the business, they are developing ultra-stable eVTOLs to offer rapid and safe door-to-door transportation everywhere, including emergency rescue applications.
Longest Range Ever in an Electric Vehicle Showcased at CES 2022
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Mercedes-Benz created a prototype electric vehicle with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers. The Vision EQXX, which has a range three times that of the ordinary electric vehicle, might go on sale in 2024. In a turn of events, new EV firms are very frequent, but this one has a 76-year history. Sony Mobility is a new Sony business that will manufacture the Vision-S and the updated Vision-S 02 in the future. The former was produced in 2020, but the crossover-shaped 02 models debuted this year, based on the same fundamental construction but with a seven-seater body atop. The corporation is putting its extensive knowledge to work in two crucial areas: entertainment and autonomy, with the latter powered by a fast 5G communications network. Moreover, Chrysler’s latest EV design, the Airflow, was given a new name based on a historic moniker. The original 1934 model was stunningly contemporary, one of the first automobiles to be fashioned by the new science of streamlining. Its namesake, which is the new EV by Chrysler, does a good job with the nearly ubiquitous crossover body form, but it’s not quite the same type of pioneer.
World’s First Color Changing Car Revealed by BMW
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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 in Las Vegas, BMW debuted the world’s first “color-changing” automobile. The BMW iX Flow concept car employs electronic ink technology, similar to that used in e-readers, to convert the car’s bodywork into a variety of grey and white designs. The substance brings changing pigments to the surface when stimulated by electrical signals controlled by a phone app, enabling the automobile to take on a distinct tint or design, such as racing stripes. Moreover, the appropriately called LG Omnipod is a “mobility concept solution that blurs the difference between house and automobile,” according to the firm, and a somewhat dramatic expansion on LG’s Connected Car ambition. The LG Omnipod, as per the firm, is designed to be an on-the-road extension of “one’s personal living space”, with in-vehicle appliances like the fridge and retractable furniture, as well as a stretched-out Meta Environment display system.