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Automotive Technology to Watch For from CES

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Automotive technology is constantly advancing and there are more enhancements than ever coming to your next vehicle. Nowhere is this more evident than in the number of automotive features exhibited at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

Here are 5 new technology features to look for in new cars:

Open Automotive Alliance - Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA have joined together to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014. Android was selected due to the developer friendly open-platform, and the fact that there are more Android phones than Apple worldwide. Expect to see Google Play, Maps, and other Google features in cars starting this year.

Fuel Cell Vehicles – Toyota unveiled the hydrogen-power FCV, promising a 310 mile range between hydrogen fill-ups, and a refuel time of just 3 minutes. Hydrogen fueling stations will initially be concentrated in areas like Southern California, where the vehicle is expected to debut.

Smart Watches with Car Interfaces – Mercedes-Benz and BMW both showcased smartwatch applications to allow drivers to interact with their vehicles through “wearable tech”. The Mercedes-Benz Digital Drive App delivers information on fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location to drivers outside of the car and uses V2V technology to alert drivers of traffic incidents in real-time. BMW partnered with Samsung on the “i Remote” application for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch to deliver i3 owners battery charge and range updates. The application is also voice activated for navigation and climate control.

Laser Headlights – Audi and BMW both introduced advances in head lamp technology using laser beams to project light brighter and further than traditional or even LED headlights. Audi stated, “"The laser high-beam light has approximately twice the lighting range and three times the luminosity of LED high beam light.” BMW stated that laser headlamps will be standard in the i8 plug-in hybrid that goes into production this year.

Driver Assistance - Much further from production but highly visible at the show were “autonomous vehicles” or self-driving cars. Some functions such as adaptive cruise control, which adjusts speed using cameras or vehicle to vehicle communication, and assisted parking, will be in vehicles sooner but fully driverless vehicles are several years from hitting the roads.

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