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In Pictures: The Automotive Technologies We Saw At CES 2013

In Pictures: The Automotive Technologies We Saw At CES 2013
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Tom's Hardware's Road Trip To Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show is the stepping-out event for many different types of products. Although mobile audio vendors are long-time veterans of CES (and they usually introduce new offerings at the show), automotive manufacturers are much more new to the  game. It was only a couple of years ago when Alan Mulally gave his first CES keynote address, even as other manufacturers were busy prepping for the Detroit Auto Show, shying away from the more electronics-oriented event.

This year was different, as more automotive manufacturers embraced CES, building large extravagant booths, which we roamed the halls to cover. 

Typically, Tom's Hardware editors from around the country (and indeed the world) fly into Las Vegas, Nevada, while our esteemed editor-in-chief, Chris Angelini, drives in from Bakersfield on his own. This year was different, though. Since we're covering automotive technology more often, we gave our friends at Nissan USA a call to set up something a little flashier for the ride.

The company graciously agreed to loan Tom’s Hardware a 2013 GT-R Black Edition for our week in Sin City, though we're saving the details of that car for a complete write-up coming soon.

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    audi90 , January 18, 2013 4:50 AM
    I came here for the GTR
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    audi90 , January 18, 2013 4:50 AM
    I came here for the GTR
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 5:01 AM
    ^ me too
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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 18, 2013 6:53 AM
    I always find it strange that Tom's never seems to include or at least take a look at a Tesla Roadster or Model S for one of these Car Tech articles...

    At the very least they referenced the Model S on page 16.
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    youssef 2010 , January 18, 2013 7:07 AM
    A nice glimpse into the future
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    cangelini , January 18, 2013 9:33 AM
    Nintendo Maniac 64You'd think the Tesla Model S would be perfect for one of these Car Tech articles, but Tom's never seems to include it nor take a look at it...At the very least they refereed to it on page 16.

    I spent time in the Tesla Model S, but it's not exactly new.
    The folks at Tesla offered to loan us one of two press vehicles in the U.S., so we'll put up a story if we're able to get Tuan down to Los Angeles at some point for a week ;-)
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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 18, 2013 9:44 AM
    No no no, you're not supposed to quote my post while I'm editing it for better legibility! >_>

    Regardless...
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    I spent time in the Tesla Model S, but it's not exactly new.

    6 months is old? I know the tech world moves fast, but even smart phones don't have new models to that amount of frequency.

    Nevertheless, there's always the Model X. :p 
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    blubbey , January 18, 2013 10:01 AM
    On the R-18 section it's not an F1 car ('representing its F1 development prowess.') it's an LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype).
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    renz496 , January 18, 2013 10:14 AM
    nice looking R. is it done using Ray trace? or real pic?
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    g00fysmiley , January 18, 2013 12:48 PM
    was sad there wasn't much in the way of self driving cars only one about drivers assist. personalyl i like driving and have a manual transmission in my truck car and motorcycle (not that there are many options on a biek for automatic outside of scooters) but for long trips it'd be nice to rent a self driving car, heck if priced with i might replace my car with one for those rush hour type situations where i am just stuck in traffic and going nowhere
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    tuanies , January 18, 2013 1:49 PM
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    I came here for the GTR


    Funny, thats why we came to CES too ;)  The car scares me - I don't think I'm capable of pushing the car beyond its limits, it has more grip than I'm willing to push it.

    Quote:
    No no no, you're not supposed to quote my post while I'm editing it for better legibility! >_>

    Regardless...

    6 months is old? I know the tech world moves fast, but even smart phones don't have new models to that amount of frequency.

    Nevertheless, there's always the Model X. :p 


    It went into production 6 months ago, but they've been dragging it around the auto show circuit since 2009. Model X does look cool though.

    Quote:
    On the R-18 section it's not an F1 car ('representing its F1 development prowess.') it's an LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype).


    The e-Tron Quattro made its racing debut last year at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and took first and second place.

    Quote:
    was sad there wasn't much in the way of self driving cars only one about drivers assist. personalyl i like driving and have a manual transmission in my truck car and motorcycle (not that there are many options on a biek for automatic outside of scooters) but for long trips it'd be nice to rent a self driving car, heck if priced with i might replace my car with one for those rush hour type situations where i am just stuck in traffic and going nowhere


    Infiniti has some cool tech that is getting there and we'll have an article on that soon.
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 4:04 PM
    Aftermarket gauge cluster similar to the one they posted needs to come out... I'd buy one
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    tuanies , January 18, 2013 5:47 PM
    Quote:
    On the R-18 section it's not an F1 car ('representing its F1 development prowess.') it's an LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype).


    Also you are right, corrected.
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 10:24 PM
    "e-tron" ?

    lmao in french is means poop. no kidding.
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    downsb , January 19, 2013 12:21 AM
    ACTUALLY, wireless charging ability is something that's already IN the market... The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited has an optional Qi wireless charger in it.

    =]
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    g-unit1111 , January 19, 2013 12:37 AM
    Quote:
    I came here for the GTR


    When I bought my Altima there was a GTR in the showroom, and I was looking at it and the finance guy told me that you'd need to sell a kidney to be able to afford one, and I said "hey it's worth it." :lol: 

    There's some cool stuff there - but really you do not need to access a web browser while you're driving. I can imagine some moron getting pulled over "Oh sorry officer, I'm updating my Facebook status." :sarcastic: 
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    Max Collodi , January 19, 2013 1:24 AM
    Nintendo Maniac 64I always find it strange that Tom's never seems to include or at least take a look at a Tesla Roadster or Model S for one of these Car Tech articles...At the very least they referenced the Model S on page 16.

    Many of Tom's car articles are taken from their other site "The Torque Report." There are quite a few articles about the Tesla there.
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    BulkZerker , January 19, 2013 5:12 AM
    Nintendo Maniac 64I always find it strange that Tom's never seems to include or at least take a look at a Tesla Roadster or Model S for one of these Car Tech articles...At the very least they referenced the Model S on page 16.


    Maybe because the last person to honestly review a Tesla vehicle was sued. Nevermind the range of a Tesla, any Tesla, is little more than 200 miles, on flat ground, with no winds. According to Tesla themselves. Then you have a charge time of 16hrs or more from a standard socket. By the time anyone got to CES, leaving a 3 days before CES began, they'd miss half of it! Electric cars are the worst thing for Road Trips. But I won't deny their absolutely tits for people driving 100 miles or less daily in theory.
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2013 5:25 AM
    STOP USING THAT AWFUL SLIDESHOW. How hard is it?!?!?! Are you trying to tell us to bounce off these pages and back into google's arms? WTF is wrong with you people?!
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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 19, 2013 10:52 AM
    Quote:
    Maybe because the last person to honestly review a Tesla vehicle was sued.


    Top Gear = Honesty?

    Uhh... Top Gear is entertainment first and facts second. If Top Gear were "honest" and not focused primarily on entertainment then the Ford GT90 truly only has a top speed of 40mph:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BjC4tbvpyI

    Basically, you can take Clarkson's praises as factual, but a lot of his criticizing is not much more than trolling.
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    tuanies , January 19, 2013 2:19 PM
    Quote:
    ACTUALLY, wireless charging ability is something that's already IN the market... The 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited has an optional Qi wireless charger in it.

    =]


    I totally forgot about the Avalon, though it looks better than a Camry, most of Toyotas lineup is fairly forgettable.

    Quote:
    When I bought my Altima there was a GTR in the showroom, and I was looking at it and the finance guy told me that you'd need to sell a kidney to be able to afford one, and I said "hey it's worth it." :lol: 

    There's some cool stuff there - but really you do not need to access a web browser while you're driving. I can imagine some moron getting pulled over "Oh sorry officer, I'm updating my Facebook status." :sarcastic: 


    you can sell a kidney to get one, but you'll have to sell the rest of your body to maintain it. Ceramic brakes are not cheap to replace (Black Edition).

    Which generation Altima did you get? The Atom-based system used in the current generation definitely piques my interest.

    And people already text and facebook while driving :p 

    Quote:
    Top Gear = Honesty?

    Uhh... Top Gear is entertainment first and facts second. If Top Gear were "honest" and not focused primarily on entertainment then the Ford GT90 truly only has a top speed of 40mph:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BjC4tbvpyI

    Basically, you can take Clarkson's praises as factual, but a lot of his criticizing is not much more than trolling.


    Clarkson is an entertainer and troll of the trio, granted he is brilliant at it.
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