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In Pictures: The Automotive Technology We Saw At CES 2014

In Pictures: The Automotive Technology We Saw At CES 2014
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On The Road To Sin City

Last year, Chris Angelini and I decided to spice up our trip to CES a little, making it more exciting. Instead of Chris driving to Vegas by himself and me hopping on a direct flight to Vegas, I flew into Los Angeles to pick up a press car and then drove to Bakersfield. Chris hopped in and we made our way to Sin City together. I wrote about our vehicle of choice in 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition: The Gran Turismo Car.

We wanted something more comfortable and luxurious this year. It's a pretty long drive, after all. Style and comfort were necessities. So, we gave our friends at Bentley a call to see if we could borrow a Continental GT V8 for the week-long excursion. Along the way, I even picked up our new editor-in-chief, Fritz Nelson.

Armed with 500 hp, double-pane windows, and all-wheel drive, we set off to Vegas. It was a great way to start a show that featured more automotive technology than years past. Naturally, I spent a lot of time in the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall with companies like QNX, Qualcomm, and Nvidia. Join us as we explore the latest automotive technologies that caught our attention during CES 2014.

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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 17, 2014 2:38 PM
    I'm assuming the Tesla Model S isn't listed because it was deemed to either be:

    1. not new enough
    2. more 'computer tech' than 'automotive tech'
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    tuanies , January 17, 2014 3:30 PM
    Quote:
    I'm assuming the Tesla Model S isn't listed because it was deemed to either be:

    1. not new enough
    2. more 'computer tech' than 'automotive tech'


    It wasn't listed because it came out in the 2012 model year. It was not present at any booth and there was nothing new for it to show off / announce. We also gave it a best of CES award last year.
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    ap3x , January 17, 2014 3:45 PM
    I did a test drive with the Model S and it is easily the best driving experience I have had. Before the 5 Series BMW was my favorite but the Model S is just a monster from a driving perspective. Really cool car.
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    danwat1234 , January 17, 2014 7:45 PM
    The C-max still only gets about 40MPG real world average, far from even it's revised EPA sticker of 44/41/43(combined) .Kia K900, the 360 degree camera would be useful if the driver was in a car accident and it wasn't their fault. Wish the automotive industry would standardize front/rear cams and have recording take place (which hopefully the driver can disable if he/she's going to do something stupid). A lot of drivers in Russia have dashcams.Toyota FCV, 0-60 of 10 seconds. Since the drivetrain is still electric, maybe they could add a few supercapacitors to allow "boost" performance for a few seconds without being hard on the small battery pack. This may be how the newer Honda CRZs implement their "Sport+" button functionality.You should cover more hybrid & electric drivetrains, specialized engines such as upcoming HCCI engines from GM, Toyota, Mazda and others. New ECUs. That's the technology I'm interested in, along with all the nav and safety stuff.
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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 17, 2014 8:43 PM
    According to this TechCrunch video, the Tesla Model S was present at the Panasonic booth at CES 2014:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhjX2So3RgY
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    tuanies , January 17, 2014 9:09 PM
    Quote:
    The C-max still only gets about 40MPG real world average, far from even it's revised EPA sticker of 44/41/43(combined) .Kia K900, the 360 degree camera would be useful if the driver was in a car accident and it wasn't their fault. Wish the automotive industry would standardize front/rear cams and have recording take place (which hopefully the driver can disable if he/she's going to do something stupid). A lot of drivers in Russia have dashcams.Toyota FCV, 0-60 of 10 seconds. Since the drivetrain is still electric, maybe they could add a few supercapacitors to allow "boost" performance for a few seconds without being hard on the small battery pack. This may be how the newer Honda CRZs implement their "Sport+" button functionality.You should cover more hybrid & electric drivetrains, specialized engines such as upcoming HCCI engines from GM, Toyota, Mazda and others. New ECUs. That's the technology I'm interested in, along with all the nav and safety stuff.


    We'll have more of that stuff coming, but I am just one person :) .

    Quote:
    According to this TechCrunch video, the Tesla Model S was present at the Panasonic booth at CES 2014:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhjX2So3RgY


    Nice, I just ran through the Panasonic booth and ran straight to the Micro 4/3s camera section and didn't notice the Model S. Either way, statement still stands, the car is in production and has been for 2 years already, there hasn't been any update. If Tesla were to upgrade the vehicle systems to Tegra K1, then we'd report on it but otherwise the company had no real presence at CES or had anything to announce. I also see quite a few of them around the Seattle area and even more around CA.

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    Joseph Oese , January 19, 2014 6:05 AM
    this is wonderful
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    vaughn2k , January 20, 2014 7:42 PM
    Item 9 needs improvement. Its 'Fresnel' for Augistine-Jean Fresnel (a french phyisicist), and not Freshnel... ;) 
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    tuanies , January 20, 2014 7:46 PM
    Quote:
    Item 9 needs improvement. Its 'Fresnel' for Augistine-Jean Fresnel (a french phyisicist), and not Freshnel... ;) 


    Fixed. I'm pretty sure I typed Fresnel, but it could have been the lack of sleep and not enough caffeine following CES >_<
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    vaughn2k , January 20, 2014 9:31 PM
    @tuanies, Ohh, Good! now you can stop with the caffeine, and start having the best dream... ;) 
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    vaughn2k , January 21, 2014 12:26 AM
    @tuanies, Ohh, Good! now you can stop with the caffeine, and start having the best dream... ;) 
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    vaughn2k , January 21, 2014 12:28 AM
    really don't like this new comment/s interface.. xD
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    tuanies , January 21, 2014 7:27 AM
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    @tuanies, Ohh, Good! now you can stop with the caffeine, and start having the best dream... ;) 


    There's only a reduction from a Monster + Trenta Starbucks to a cup of Keurig coffee a day, which I suppose is better ;)