At CES 2019, automobile manufacturers made it the big stage to showcase their new technologies and innovations in smart cars. Many people believe the technologies of making smart vehicles is the next big trend the world to embrace soon. Not far ago, self-driving cars were still cool thing in futuristic movies. Now, at CES 2019, it has been shown the technology of self-driving or autonomous cars is existing and safe.
Byton M-Byte smart car
Byton announced its smart concept car at CES 2018 and caught huge attention there. At CES 2019, Byton unveiled the production-ready version of that concept car, which is called M-Byte. Unlike the traditional path from concept to production ready, Byton has not just kept all the stuff they demonstrated at last year’s show, but instead added lots of new elements to enhance the experience of driving and improve the features of safety. The biggest attraction is the gigantic 48 inches ultra-widescreen display that sits just above the dashboard behind the windshield. Byton calls the 48 inches display SED, Shared Experience Display. To enhance the operation of the 48-inch display, Byton placed a 7-inch touchscreen mounted just inside the steering wheel. The driver can use this touchscreen to control the car and navigate the SED. To give the passenger some control while riding in the M-Byte smart car, Byton has an 8-inch touchscreen installed in the center console so that the passenger can access the SED too. Byton has put many new features in the M-Byte smart car, such as Amazon Alexa and facial recognition. Within the M-Byte, Byton Life high speed data link alongside the AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) enable Byton M-Byte to deliver Level 3 autonomous driving features with the dedicated camera and sensor array on the dashboard for monitoring the driver status. The M-Byte can drive about 320 miles. With a 30-minute charge, the M-Byte can gain 80% of its full capacity.
Even though Audi Aicon was already announced in 2017, this concept car still caught attention at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The Aicon gives us a sleek look of future design. Audi designed the LED lights on the front and back that is called Swarm Lights that travels from left side to the right side to serve as a kind of warning light to the pedestrians. The Audi Aicon is fully driverless so there is no steering wheel in it. Audi projected to put the Aicon in production in 2021.
Bosch IoT Shuttle
IoT, Internet of Things, is changing the world as we have been experiencing in recent years. Bosch as a global giant of new technology and innovator has established it is also a leading IoT supplier. At CES 2019, Bosch proved it again by showcasing its concept Bosch IoT Shuttle, which is autonomous, connected and electrical. The Bosch vehicle looks sleek and futuristic. Its light-flooded design and large screens deliver the impression of unique mobility experience. Bosch IoT Shuttle will never be taken back to garage for a software update because of the implementation of over-the-air-update via its connected systems. The system will notify the driver when a component needs replacement, which benefits the passengers, service providers and car rental companies. The IoT Shuttle is fully electric. The powertrain is eAxle that integrates the electric motor, transmission, power electronics and axle. The IoT Shuttle features the perfectly keyless system that replaces the car key with a digital door opener on the smartphone. The vehicle offers many other advanced features, including the redundant system design that implements backup brakes and steering for functional safety.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorbike
Harley-Davidson has been in testing of its electric motorcycle LiveWire for more than four years. At CES 2019, Harley-Davidson demonstrated the highly expected LiveWire with two new electric motorbikes. The range of the LiveWire is up to 110 miles or approximately 177km for a mixed mode of city and highway driving with a high voltage battery pack. It takes the LiveWire only 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. The LiveWire motorcycle supports two charging modes. In the standard charging mode, we can use the onboard Level 1 charger and a power cord to connect it to any household outlet and get a full charge overnight. In the fast charging mode, the LiveWire can use any public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station to fast charge the motorcycle. The LiveWire is now enabled to use the H-D Connect Service, the cellular telematics connectivity that is powered by Panasonic. With the Harley-Davidson App, a smartphone can be used to connect the LiveWire remotely to check bike vitals, such as battery charge status, location and security alerts.
Mercedes Benz Vision URBANETIC
Mercedes-Benz showcased its new concept of mobility at CES 2019 with its long-expected Vision URBANETIC, which is built up within an intelligent and self-learning IT infrastructure. It is claimed as zero local emission and noiseless electric vehicle. The embedded real-time traffic information system ensures continual route adaptation. The fleet management is also part of the IT system that supports a self-driving fleet with routes planned flexibly and efficiently based on the demanded transportation need. Any one can use an app to register the transport and moving needs. The Vision URBENETIC concept also features it as an autonomous driving platform with switchable bodies.
Aisin I-Mobility Type-C
Aisin Group exhibited its concept car i-mobility TYPE-C at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The concept features two vehicles, the automated driving private car and automated driving limousine. New technologies in the concept i-mobility TYPE-C cars include the distribution support system based on the car navigation technology, the actuator information system that acquisitions data from the actuator and forecasts the road surface conditions and the smart risk support system that anticipates risks during driving and requests defensive driving.
Nissan Leaf e+
At CES 2019, Nissan unveiled the new Leaf e+ electric car. “e+” means more energy density of the new battery pack in the Leaf e+ and the large power output by the powertrain. The new Leaf e+ boasts a range of 226 miles that is powered by a 62 KW Li-Ion battery pack. With the new power source, the Leaf e+ now peaks at 214 horse power and 250 lb.-fts of torque with a 160kW motor. The new Leaf e+ comes with the Nissan ProPilot Assist semiautonomous assistance technology as well as other advanced technologies, such as e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking, which offer your more confident, connected and safe driving experience.
Hyundai announced its new concept of vehicles that can walk and climb. It’s Hyundai’s Elevate Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) that is designed for rescuing people trapped in natural disasters and providing enhanced mobility for many people. The Elevate can pass obstacles with its four wheels that is attached to four individually extendable robotic legs. The Elevate is built on Hyundai’s modular EV platform so that it can be easily deployed in different situations of emergencies, such as earth quake, hurricane and tsunamis. Each of the four legs is capable of 5 degrees of freedom. Each wheel is equipped with its own motor that provides the traction capability of a standard four-wheel-drive vehicle. The extendable legs of the Elevate enables the UMV to easily climb a 5 feet wall or steep over a 5 feet gap.