We have quite a lot to be anxious about these days. Global warming, another potential war, increasing health care costs, Kanye, trade wars, gig economies and relatives with differing political views pouncing on us via social media. Then there's the dreaded range anxiety. A concern you still have, even though the last time you took a road trip Arrested Development was still on Fox, you're going to need at least 350 miles of range at all times. That's where the 204-mile range Audi E-Tron comes in.
Way back in 2016 I flew out to Las Vegas to check out Comma Ai's driver's assistance system crammed into an Acura. At the time, it was being developed as a self-driving add-on for vehicles. But times have changed and nearly every automaker and startup has since dialed down their autonomous expectations.
By law, an automaker must mention "mobility" during any press event. Hyundai knows this but instead of just talking about how their cars can be configured to drive us around in the future, they went full-on flying machine. In a partnership with Uber, they announced the SA-1 air taxi at a press event. Sadly, at said press gathering what we saw was a tiny model. Fortunately, the full-size model was in the booth and we checked it out.
Mercedes has made sure to play up its tech chops during the past few CES events, and this year is no different. But instead of a straight autonomous electric vehicle, it's gone a little wacky with a vehicle that's based on the Avatar movie. Yep, the James Cameron film.
Most automakers have test tracks. Toyota decided to take that idea to an entirely different level by transforming a former factory into a town where people will live, work, and research mobility.
Commuting is the worst part of driving. It's a stress-inducing piece of hell that many of us endure on a daily basis. Audi aims to eliminate that stress with a tiny self-driving car that takes you on a virtual journey while you're sitting in gridlock.
DJI is known for its line of drones that encompasses the entire flying-machine market. From consumer models to devices used for high-end business use, DJI has something for everyone. But the company has also invested in another company and that entity Livox is unveiling a line of LiDAR devices.
Since its inception, Byton has been touting its in-car experience as driver-centric. So while the company's electric cars aren't on the road yet, it's back at CES to show off the latest iteration of what it'll be like to sit in their vehicle when it launches in China in mid-2020.
The buyers of electrified cars and SUVs typically purchase those vehicles to save money or to have a lower impact on the environment. The BMW 745e plug-in hybrid is a bit different. With a starting price of $95,550, it's definitely not catering to the frugal. It does reduce your carbon footprint, but not as much as I'd like.
It wasn't so long ago that tech CEOs and their wares were changing the world. In fact, we heard that quite often: This or that "innovation" will make the planet a better place. Silicon Valley was clearly getting high on its own supply as it ramped up the hype that the earth was a wasteland until the titans of tech had graced us with an easier way to post a filtered photo or share our thoughts on the finale of Lost.
Lucid's CEO Peter Rawlinson is tired of hearing the term "Tesla killer." Yes, the Lucid Air will be an electric sedan with a proposed range of 400 miles, but Rawlinson is aiming at the luxury market. "Our main competitors are Mercedes, Audi, and BMW." He wants the automaker to build the electric version of the S Class, the pinnacle of German luxury. Pulling that off would be a coup. Fortunately, Rawlinson knows a thing or two about coups.
I ride my trusty Vespa scooter all around San Francisco. In the Bay Area, it's more convenient for getting around than a car, and I can park almost anywhere. Riding on two wheels places you above most drivers and makes you hyperaware of others on the road, and what I see more often than not terrifies me. Most of you are on your phones when you should be driving. It's time for automakers and the US regulatory agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to do something about it.
In a call today with reporters, GM CEO Mary Barra announced that the company would be teaming up with LG Chem to supply battery cells for the automaker's upcoming electric vehicles including EV trucks. Overall, the company is expecting to have 20 EVs for sale by 2023.
The old adage "jack of all trades, master of none" is generally considered a warning against trying to be or do many things. But that didn't dissuade Mercedes-Benz from giving the 2020 GLS SUV as many features as possible, including its amazing MBUX infotainment system and adaptive suspension system. While the majority of the time the vehicle will be cruising on the highway and dodging shopping carts in the parking lots of boutique shopping districts, it's also an SUV that's ready to traverse the mountains when society goes sideways.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat recently got a design upgrade. It also got an engine boost, giving it some extra torque. But overall, the new Passat is a lot like the old Passat. An inexpensive sedan that'll get you where you're going without much fuss or excitement.
There were a few moments after the Tesla Cybertruck truck appeared on stage when people thought that maybe this was a joke. CEO Elon Musk is known for having fun on Twitter and with his products. Tesla cars have a fart feature for god's sake. But this wasn't a gag. The event continued with its hammers and metal balls and surprise ATVs, and we all realized, this is it. This is the truck that Musk and company have been working on, and in a few years, these would be driving around our roads. We better get used to it.
With an impressive financial quarter under its belt and new factories spinning up vehicle production, Tesla is riding high. So why not keep the good times rolling by once again opening up its design studio in Hawthorne, California to fans and journalists and show off its latest product, the Cybertruck.
Most automakers show off a concept that'll inspire future designs. Volkswagen has been a bit more proactive with its electric ID concepts. Nearly everything it's shown off has been followed up with a production vehicle -- although, we're still not 100 percent sure the ID Buggy will appear in showrooms. But if Volkswagen can do it, the new ID Space Vizzion will be a sweet electric wagon in the future.