CES preview: Auto players offer a glance of a future

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The prolongation chronicle of a Chevrolet Bolt, held during a print fire in California, is to be denounced this week during a International Consumer Electronics Show.






Gabe Nelson

Automotive News
January 4, 2016 – 12:01 am ET

As a detrimental souls in Las Vegas know well, presaging a destiny is a crapshoot.

Automotive giants such as General Motors and Volkswagen will do their best during a CES record expo there this week, staking chips on an electrified, software-driven destiny in that cars are seamlessly connected to homes, smartphones and one another.

GM skeleton to uncover a prolongation chronicle of a all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, braggadocio a 200-mile-plus operation on a charge, as CEO Mary Barra gives a keynote residence on Wednesday, Jan. 6, during a International Consumer Electronics Show.

A day earlier, Volkswagen code arch Herbert Diess will deliver a antecedent of an electrified chronicle of a iconic Microbus. The judgment foreshadows a modular toolkit that Volkswagen Group has designed for compress electric cars opposite a brands, with a operation of 250 to 500 kilometers, or 155 to 310 miles, to a charge.

Painting an fascinating design of a destiny is pivotal for Volkswagen, that is struggling to recover a balance after revelation that 11 million of a diesel-powered cars were designed to lie on supervision emissions tests. Even a V-12-powered Phaeton sedan once championed by then-Chairman Ferdinand Piech is now being re-envisioned as a long-distance EV with cutting-edge electronic motorist aids.

“The destiny is electric,” VW pronounced in Oct as it announced a Phaeton plans.

Self-driving showcase

Automakers and suppliers have prolonged used CES to prominence advances in programmed driving, and this year is no different, with suppliers such as Bosch, Nvidia and Valeo showcasing serve stairs toward a self-driving car. And Ford’s Jan. 5 press discussion might offer an refurbish on a talks with Google on a self-driving-car venture.

Kia, that skeleton to spend $2 billion by 2018 with kin code Hyundai to rise a technology, skeleton to share sum on a investigate during CES. The companies have a common idea of offered cars with worldly autopilot systems by 2020 and entirely unconstrained vehicles by 2030.

Toyota pronounced this tumble that it skeleton to spend $1 billion by 2020 on artificial-intelligence investigate during Stanford University and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gill Pratt, a Pentagon researcher hired to run Toyota’s robotics program, is scheduled to share sum on a investigate during a Jan. 5 press conference.

Delphi, that is provision a vehicle-to-vehicle communications underline in a stirring 2017 Cadillac CTS, skeleton to uncover a antecedent automobile in Las Vegas that talks to inclination from streetlights to smartphones.

“The automobile is simply a many worldly square of wiring that we own,” Jeff Owens, arch record officer during Delphi, told reporters final month. “It’s apropos that some-more and more.”

Even so, it’s a gamble.

Delphi initial went to Las Vegas for CES in 1996 — dual years after a arrangement as GM’s components multiplication — with a judgment automobile congested full of record that seemed staid for widespread adoption. Owens pronounced 60 percent of a facilities did turn common in cars, including involuntary braking, Bluetooth and navigation, though a others, including one-way messaging to a mobile pagers afterwards in vogue, did not.

Bygone buttons

Other companies will showcase advances in a interfaces that are replacing tough knobs and buttons in complicated cars.

The consultancy IHS Automotive forecasts that a marketplace for displays will grow to $18.6 billion in 2021. And that includes usually infotainment, instrument clusters and head-up displays — not cutting-edge gadgets such as digital rearview mirrors, gesticulate control or electronic displays built into climate-control vents.

It’s no longer adequate for a automobile simply to have a navigation complement or an interface for smartphone apps, Mark Boyadjis, a comparison researcher during IHS, told reporters final month.

“Now it’s about that complement is easiest to use, that one has a slightest daze and that one is easiest to learn,” Boyadjis said. “Those are a things that make or mangle a system.”

David Sedgwick contributed to this report.

You can strech Gabe Nelson during gnelson@crain.com.





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