CES 2020that will hit showrooms in the next few model years. Here's why haptic gesture, invisible sun visors and vibrating door panels will be on the checklist for your next car.
Bosch tackled a problem most of us forgot we have: Sun visors block our view of traffic signals and street signs. The company showed awith addressable zones.
A camera watching your face can tell where the sun is hitting it and instructs the visor panel to darken only its regions that will block the sun, leaving the rest transparent so your view is largely unimpeded. Somebody at Bosch was plain thinking and not just reaching for a press release full of AI and 5G.
Meanwhile, Amazon will never make a car, but it's rapidly becoming part of the car business. It announced that you'll soon be able to tell Alexa which pump you'll be using.at over 11,000 ExxonMobil stations. The system knows which station you're visiting via GPS, and you verbally
When you're done filling, the pump signals that and payment is processed via the method that's set up in your Amazon account. This won't revolutionize your life, but it will save a small bit of hassle while also putting Amazon into the data flow of one of the last products it doesn't offer.
General Motors, Lamborghini and Rivian all announced they're building Alexa into their cars. Having a smart voice assistant in a car isn't anything new, but having one integrated by the factory means it can also control some vehicle systems like climate, navigation and doors. That, along with the fuel-pay tech, is the beginning of a deeper and very interesting automotive path for Amazon.
Less impressive to me was Amazon's announcement that itsin the second row of some FCA and BMW vehicles. I don't know how that's much better than just using your phone or tablet.
While we wait for Byton's first vehicle,, to hit the market, we imagine what we'll use its giant dashboard display for: Premium media content.
licensed from ViacomCBS (which, as it happens, is CNET's parent company). Clearly this will bear the most fruit when autonomy really arrives (which is ), but points the way to a generally more content-centric experience in cars as recently tested by by and .
Most people don't know that the world's largest phone maker is also a heavy-duty car tech firm: Samsung got there with the, a huge provider of cabin-centric tech to the auto industry. Samsung showed some examples of how , which would normally be a nebulous statement. However, in Samsung's case is worth watching as it's perhaps the only consumer tech company with major market share in every category of our electronic lives.
Continental has been working onfor a while now, but it said at CES that it's closing in on carmaker adoption and to do the sound tuning of this novel technology, giving it more audiophile cred than the Continental brand alone could confer.
When it comes to market (initially in cars you and I can't afford, most likely), it will liberate auto designers from the tyranny of speakers that take up lots of cabin space and weight. Bonus: We occupants get a more natural sound stage than can be achieved with a few small speakers at symmetrical points around the car's interior.
The resulting in-car gesture-control prototype has noncontact haptics, generated by ultrasound. The combination makes sense, allowing you to move your hand to do something without having to take your eyes off the road to see if it's working. Ultraleap still needs to develop more specific in-air haptics beyond the simple vibration it demonstrated to me, but if it can do that, it might rescue gesture control from the "superfluous" category of car tech.