The Concept-i is Toyota’s vision of a switchable autonomous car in 2030. Its talking point is Yui – an artificial intelligence system that is designed to ‘build a relationship’ with passengers. It doesn’t just sound far out, it is. Yui learns user preferences, pays attention to emotions and can communicate through light, sound and even touch (vibrations, that is)! The circular display on the dashboard is home for Yui.
Auto component major Bosch’s advanced voice-control technology understands more words than any present system, allowing passengers to control in-car functions in natural spoken words. Also nearing production is the concept’s haptic feedback touchscreen. The system uses tiny vibrations to make buttons displayed on the screen feel ‘real’.
Privately-owned cars sit idle for 96 percent of the time. Honda’s NeuV (short for New Electric Urban Vehicle) concept allows owners to literally cash in on this idle time. The autonomous vehicle will, for a fee, make itself available to others who require transport and can even sell energy back to the electric grid.
Tesla finally has a rival. Electric carmaker Faraday Future’s first production model, the FF91, was the biggest auto unveil at CES. The four-door SUV’s drivetrain makes the equivalent of 1,050hp and helps propel it from 0-100kph in all of 2.39sec! FF91 deliveries will commence in 2018.
BMW Holo Active
Think of BMW’s HoloActive Touch system as a touchscreen you don’t actually touch. The system uses reflections to project a hologram-like free-floating screen in the region of the centre console. A camera detects the driver’s hand movement and position of the fingertip on the virtual control surface to activate the relevant function.
Hyundai’s Mobility Vision takes the concept of a car as a living space to the next level. The car ‘docks’ with a house and effectively integrates with it for multiple uses. The car could share air-conditioning duties, provide auxiliary power supply and even feature ‘smart’ seats that could extend into the room to provide additional seating.