At this year’s CES we saw a veritable bevy of new, incredible technologies from a wide range of manufacturers. At this year’s Las Vegas tech fest, cars were not so much cars anymore, but rather high-performance smartphones on wheels.
Here are some of the highlights from the event.
The Year Of The Drag Racer
Websites like Custom-Transmissions.com have been specializing in drag racing for many years. But this year two companies: Tesla and Faraday Future been battling to be the king of the drag race. Faraday futures new car, the FF 91, is incredible. At the show, they demoed the car which they claim has more than 1000 brake horsepower, distributed to all four wheels through two big electric motors. This gives the car the ability to do 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds, faster than a Bugatti Veyron.
Just last year, Tesla announced that the top of the range Model S could do 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. It is clear that the upstart electric car maker, Faraday Future, wanted to steal some of Tesla’s thunder at the Consumer Electronics show this month. But not to be outdone, Tesla has since increased the performance of its car over 0 to 60 miles per hour, claiming that the new software update for the Tesla P100D allows the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.39 seconds.
Hyundai Went Fully Autonomous On Us
The Hyundai Ioniq is the first family of cars from Hyundai to feature hybrid varieties, plug-in hybrid varieties, and electric only. However, at this year’s CES the Ioniq line was further enhanced by Hyundai showing off their new autonomous system for the range. The autonomous system comes with all of the usual features we have seen from the likes of Ford and Tesla, which Hyundai expects will allow the car to drive around California by itself in the next couple of years or so. At the show, guests were treated to the Ioniq driving around Las Vegas without a human pilot.
Renault Made Its Twizy Open Source
The Renault Twizy is a single-seater electric car designed for people who live in very busy urban centers, like Paris. It is also a very simple car which makes it perfect as a platform for open source software and hardware. Together with a company called iOSvehicle, Renault showcased one of its Twizy models which it claims is fully accessible and configurable by any company. They hope that the combination of advanced cockpit technology, autonomy, and the ability to connect to the Internet of things will make the Renault Twizy a platform for the future.
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In addition to the Twizy, Renault also introduced delegates at CES to the charging cable it has been developing with pilots, according to http://www.evo.co.uk/. The cable itself is electroluminescent, enabling it to flash and pulse when it is charging. Flashing is fastest when charging is in full swing and starts to slow down as the battery gets full.