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Auto industry projects its future in Las Vegas – businesslive.co.za


Not surprisingly, CES also provided plenty of robotaxis and mobility solutions. From the fantastic folding Yadea micro-bike to the capsule and electric platform combination of the IntelDesign Climb-E, there was something for every urban situation.

US autonomous ride-hailing company Waymo revealed the second generation of its robotaxi. It’s ditching the Jaguar I-Pace and turning to Chinese company Geely and its Zeekr brand to design and engineer a brand new solution with more passenger space, more tech and a slightly MPV-like design, as well as more screens and passenger interaction. Famous Italian design house Pininfarina showcased the new Holon Mover, an urban mobility pod, and, of course, there were various concepts for flying cars, which aren’t cars at all.

Big focus was directed to the consumer experience too, especially when it comes to displays and how we interact with them. There was exciting news from Samsung-owned Harman, which revealed its new Ready Display Neo QLED screen. This finally brings in-car screens up to date with our TVs and smartphones, using Samsung tech to provide hi-res colours and definition, something that has been strangely lacking when it comes to our cars.

Continental showed dashboard trim with hidden-until-needed icons and displays with three-dimensional graphics. Going even further, we might not even have screens at all, like the laser projectors in the BMW concept and even holograms, which were on show.

There were lots of solutions for everything from driver-assistance systems for parking and off-road driving through to fully autonomous sensors and vehicles, some of which are for today and others for tomorrow.

Once again CES was as much a motor show as it was a tech show, and it gave us a glimpse of a future that is coming quicker than ever.





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