The 2017 Ford GT has been chosen as the CES 2016 Official Vehicle on the basis of its ultra high performance as a supercar that shows exemplary use of technology in aerodynamics with its EcoBoost performance and carbon fibre light weight body. The GT is hitting the market in 2016 and will be available in selected parts of the world in celebration with the 50th Ford GT race cars’ anniversary of having places 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
A next-generation, 600-plus-horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency – a key attribute of its endurance racing-derived powertrain. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle that provides for near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the design of the Ford GT, with every slope and shape designed to minimize drag. An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.
An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalkless steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.
On a slightly different note, Ford are looking to bring 13 electronic vehicles to the market by 2020 and currently has more EV patents than any other car company. Ford would like to progress further into “transportation services” as the industry is bigger than just making cars. Ford is currently running a pilot called go!drive which is all about peer2peer car sharing.
Ford’s Sync 3 is on 15 million vehicles today and Ford aims to hit 43 million by 2020. The infotainment system is available for update on some models. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be on all 2017 Ford Sync 3 models starting with the new Escape. To help grow the infotainment system Ford is making it easier for app developers to make apps for Sync. It’s open sourced a standard called “Smart Device Link”
Ford is also working to collaborate with other companies such as Amazon to work out how their cars can interact with products such as Amazon Echo (http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-SK705DI-Echo/dp/B00X4WHP5E. The echo “was one of Amazon’s top selling products this holiday season”.
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And finally, Ford have partnered with drone makers DJI to develop a way to get drones to talk to cars. This is with regards to using them in an emergency response situation and not a I’m bored and stuck in traffic situation.
Kia have pulled the covers off of it “Drive Wise” brand at this years CES. Drive Wise is Kia’s phrase for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which is a broad umbrella for autonomous-like features. These can range from active cruise control to automatic breaking. When these are all used together leads to an actual self-driving car.
Kia are aiming to put their fully autonomous car on the road by 2030 – whereby a car can pick you up from one location without a driver and leave you somewhere else without you needing to take control of the vehicle. “Partially autonomous” cars will be coming much sooner. Kia have said that their first Drive Wise branded cars will be on the road in 2020, “building upon the current generation of driver-assistance systems.”
Kia have been granted an autonomous licence in Nevada – one of the few US states that are currently issuing autonomous research licences. They plan to spend $2 billion by 2018 in order to “fast-track” its autonomous development.
Drive Wise is also getting some new user interface concepts. Kia is demonstrating what it calls “blind control” whereby a fingerprint scanner can recognise the driver and set his or her preferences and gesture control is used to interact with all of the car’s functions.
Jaguar Land Rover
JLR do not have their own specific stand at CES but their management, engineers and designers are out in force. Plus they have a Jaguar F-Type on the Intel stand which is previewing a driver attention monitoring system. The driver attention monitoring system has been co-developed with Intel and Seeing Machines to monitor driver eye movement including through sunglasses. The technology is in very early stages of development but could be used to monitor a driver’s attentiveness and react by adjusting the car’s on-board safety systems.
They have also been developing their “Ghost car technology” which highlights navigation instructions and duplicating road signs that have been obscured by other motorists or trucks.
Chevrolet have unveiled the Bolt and when it goes on sale later this year it will be the first long-range battery electric vehicle that’s truly affordable. The Bolt will cost around £20,000.
The Bolt first appeared as a concept car at the Detroit auto show last year and a month later it got the green light to be turned into a production car. The vehicle can be described as a crossover but you might also think of it as a hatchback. But there is a lot more to the Bolt than affordable emissions-free motoring.
The engineers have designed it with a flat battery pack that sits in the floor meaning the car has a low centre of gravity for handling but also gives the designers a clean surface to build upon. This has led to a spacious 5 seater car with a good sized boot. The rear seats have also been designed to fold flat.
Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system will support both Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay, but one of the big things is that the system is customisable. The home screen is widget based, just like Android and can be personalised by the driver. As your phone connects to the car, the system recognises you and loads your settings.