Here are the best of car tech announcements that happened at CES 2017

By Team Feedbaac

While many companies have unveiled their latest futuristic concepts and products on smartphones, PC’s and display technologies at CES 2017, car makers have also showcased their long-term plans and concepts when it comes to automotive automobiles and the integration of advanced computers, featured software, artificial intelligence and connected features. We list down the top car technology announcements that happened at CES 2017.

Faraday Future’s 1050HP FF91 Electric Car

One of the biggest announcement of CES 2017 is undoubtfully the Faraday Future FF91 that’s meant to compete against the likes of Tesla, with the aim to “reformat the future” with advanced AI, new design aspects, and connectivity. The 1050-horsepower electric machine can hit 60 mph in 2.39 seconds with a range of 387 miles. The automobile can charge for more than 500 miles per hour. The FF91 is claimed to be the most connected car which can keep track of the user’s personal settings, screens for both drivers, rear side for passengers, rear view high-res display and displays on doors. The car will be able to perform autonomous functionality with the help of 3D lidar, 10 high-def cameras, 13 long/short range radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Additionally, the in-built batteries of the Faraday Future FF91 are provided by LG Chem.


Audi and NVIDIA teams up to build self-driving car

Audi has announced its partnership with NVIDIA to develop self-driving cars and to launch the autonomous vehicle by 2020. The company showcased a new Audi Q7 automotive car that’s able to learn by itself in three days of time, thanks to NVIDIA’s Xavier AI supercomputer. The Xavier AI is based on 512 GeForce GPU cores, a custom 8-core processor and a vision accelerator that can process up to 20 trillion operations per second. Another addition is the AI Co-Pilot software assistant by NVIDIA which uses data captured from sensors on the awareness of obstacles around the car.

Via: TNW

BMW/Intel/Mobileye to test self-driving cars soon

German carmaker BMW has announced that they will be testing over 40 autonomous vehicles on public roads by the second half of 2017. The BMW 7 series that’s planned to be tested, will feature Intel and Mobileye technologies. Mobileye is the Israeli company that will supply BMW with driver-assistance systems and sensors, and Intel will provide the processors needed for the joint project. BMW hopes to have these vehicles ready for production by 2021.

Via: The Verge

Google unveils partnerships with BMW for AR

Alphabet Inc. announced their ambitious plans to develop Augmented Reality devices to offer users with a shopping/exploratory experience without leaving their homes. The partnership with BMW involves developing 3D-scanning Tango project to let users see places around the city without being there. BMW is actively testing a new app that displays an i3 city car and an i8 sports car via smartphone screens. This “virtual showroom” gives the user the experience of being in the car showroom without the need of going there. Users will also be able to choose the colors, the type of trims and wheels, while trying the app in high-res images.

Via: Bloomberg

Ford brings Amazon Alexa in cars

Ford becomes the first automaker in the world to integrate the Amazon Echo smart home device in the vehicles, giving drivers the capability to perform the functions of the main speaker from the car itself, be it be about turning on the lights, browse through music collections. The cars that come with Amazon Echo are Ford Fusions and Ford F-150s. Users will also be able to order items from Amazon, search for destinations, in-car navigation, remote start/lock/unlock the cars by voice-all by using Amazon Alexa. Ford is expected to roll out the new Amazon Echo updates in two phases: One that allows you to connect to your home through Amazon Echo, and the second that lets you command Alexa while driving.

Via: The Verge

Nissan and BMW cars to get Microsoft Cortana assistant

Nissan has officially unveiled its plans to integrate the Microsoft digital assistant Cortana in some of their vehicles, as a part of their Connected Vehicle Platform. Cortana on cars will be able to adapt to the user’s preferences. You will be able to ask your schedules, ask for shortcut suggestions for destinations, or download maps. During the demonstration by Nissan, Cortana happened to ask “shall I engage auto park?” which could be part of Nissan’s automotive car ambitions. BMW’s demonstration involved letting users access Cortana via a dashboard display, access events, to-do lists, news, and other things Cortana can do.

Via: The Verge

Nissan plans for an automated version of the Leaf

Nissan also unveiled plans to launch a new Leaf electric car later in the “near future” that will be able to autonomously using Nissan’s ProPilot technology. The Nissan ProPilot was announced last year in the Serena minivan for single-lane autonomous driving. No word on its availability.

Via: The Verge

Honda unveils the world’s first electric ride-sharing concept car

Honda has officially claimed to have the world’s first electric, autonomous concept car called the NeuV that’s meant to serve as a ride-sharing vehicle, that can be programmed to pick and drop passengers when the main owner isn’t using the car. NeuV is an acronym for New Electric Urban Vehicle. The car is powered by an “emotion engine” and an advanced personal assistant that studies the driver’s reactions and patterns.

Via: The Verge