CES 2021: The big automotive reveals

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From air taxis to all electric delivery trucks, futuristic dashboards to motorized boxes. Well, these are just a few of the highlights from this. Year's all digitals. Ces is certainly unusual, but it's nice not having to run around all over Las Vegas to cover this annual tech trade show. And while it hasn't been quite as newsworthy as it's been in the past, plenty of cool stuff was still revealed. So here's a roundup of some of the biggest automotive news stories from ces 2021 And we start this list with GM. The Detroit based car makers keynote address was loaded with important news. And for starters, Cadillac unveiled three different concept vehicles, two of which [INAUDIBLE] Are super futuristic and the other one is much more realistic. Hinting at how we might get around in the coming years, the luxury brand revealed a vertical takeoff and landing drone, that has room for one person is flying taxi features a 90 kilowatt hour battery pack that powers four rotors enough for it to hit about 56 miles per hour, This autonomous craft is designed to show how GM is reimagining transportation. Cadillac also unveiled a self driving pod car that looks kinda like a shoe box. It's cool swiveling doors open to reveal and elegant lounge like interior one that is fitted with various biometric sensors that track passengers vital signs. So it can adjust the interior for maximum comfort. But as with that drone, I really don't see this concept vehicle going into production anytime soon. What should be available in reasonably short order however, is the Cadillac Celeste stick A fully electric flagship sedan. Now they don't give us a very good look at it but the car has serious presence. It features all wheel drive has a spacious interior with loads of tech including a wall to wall screen, and there's even an all glass roof that passengers can adjust to their liking. Aside from Cadillac GM also used CES two T's a new amped up crossover the Chevrolet Bolt electric utility vehicle or EV for short. This battery powered hauler will be the first Chevy to get the automakers groundbreaking supercruise hands free driving aid and that Is super cool. The bolt Evie along with a refreshed bolt hatchback are both set to officially debut in February, so make sure you stay tuned for that. Finally, GM introduced a new business unit called bright drop. This logistics focus division aims to help delivery companies do more with less. At least initially bright dropil offered two different products including the EV600. And all electric commercial bandwidth, 250 miles of range as well as the EP1, a motorized delivery pallet basically it's a box on wheels. Which should make it much easier for couriers to handle packages and goods. Okay, enough GM stuff already let's shift gears, so to speak and talk about Mercedes Benz for a minute. Ahead of CES, the German luxury automaker unveiled its mbu x hyper screen which is a dashboard sized assembly that will be offered in the new EQ s all electric sedan. Housing three individual displays. It spans about 56 inches across more than just a pretty piece of hardware. However, the hyper screen is also home to a new infotainment system that features artificial intelligence and supposedly a much more intuitive user interface. Luxury rival BMW also shared some infotainment news in conjunction with CES debuting a short film that celebrates the 20th birthday of its I drive system. The feature shows two anthropomorphized cars. There's an older seven series and then the new ix electric SUV. In this feature the two vehicles start arguing about what a real car is and whose technology is better. And then it gets weird. I'm the all new BMW I-Drive. Smarter, better, I am the intelligent fusion of sensing. ****. An emotional connection to To the people in immersive experience marketing, Excuse me. Excuse me is right. Did BMW just call its newest products? ****. I mean, it sure sounds like it. And this ads slash commercials short film is it's bad on so many levels. You are a true classic Without your AI drive, I wouldn't even exist and you just have to tell me how gasoline tastes. Cadillac isn't the only automaker with its head in the clouds, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles or I guess still Antas now announced that it has partnered with Archer aviation out in California to build electrically powered Vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The plane maker is currently working on a vessel that has a 187 kilowatt hour battery pack and a flying range of about 60 miles. Now it would be used primarily for shuttling passengers short distances across town. So think of it as an air taxi rather than an airline. Next up, let's talk about some odds and ends supplier company Gentex makes a whole bunch of stuff including rear camera mirrors, but taking this technology another step further. It just introduced a new mirror integrated digital video recorder which is a pretty cool piece of tech. Basically this device combines a dash cam and a rearview mirror into one housing. This setup eliminates the need to have a separate dash cam and the annoying power cables that get in the way. This tech launched on an SUV in Japan last year though it's probably going to take off quickly elsewhere around the world because. Let's be honest, it's a really good idea. Panasonic released a couple of new things at this year's virtual CES, one of which is a new head-up display with artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Here you can see it's showing an active navigation route, it's identified a cyclist and it even knows the height of the overpass that's ahead. But not only is the system smart, it looks good too, with everything clearly displayed and easy to read. Now, have you ever had your phone not charged because it wasn't perfectly positioned right on the wireless charging plate? Happens to me all the time. Well, Panasonic also revealed a new wireless charging pad for vehicles that features what's called a moving coil. So it's designed to more accurately target electronic devices charging coils. So them system can use them more effectively and this sounds like a very smart idea to me but don't look forward to hit the market any time before the year 2023. You racing fans out there, we'll get a kick out of this. The Indy autonomous challenge was announced during CES. It's a spec series so all the cars are the same, but individual software is what will set them apart. Now the driverless race is set to take place in October at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Several dozen teams from engineering schools all across the world will participate. And of course, there's even a bit of price money, the winners could get a million dollars. Man, I wish I could code, so there you go, that's a quick look at some of the interesting automotive stuff that was revealed at this year's all digital CES. For more information on any of this stuff, Check out our YouTube channel and of course swing by our website, the road show.com as always. Thank you so much for watching. [MUSIC]

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