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CES 2014 will showcase the near future of driving

Toyota will bring its latest Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept to CES, demonstrating its green car development.

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Auto shows make great places to see the cars coming to showrooms in the next year, but CES shows how we will be driving by 2020. Automakers and suppliers are participating in CES 2014 to show off their latest tech concepts, designed to make driving safer and easier than ever.

At CES 2013, both Lexus and Audi made important announcements about their efforts to develop autonomous vehicles. While those efforts have not come to dealers yet, Audi will be demonstrating its test vehicles at CES, showing how the future car will drop off its passengers, then go find a parking spot on its own. At CES 2013, Audi executives displayed the hardware that would make self-driving cars practical, including a sensor array much more compact than that seen on the tops of Google’s autonomous cars. The company is working to integrate its sensor array into cars to enable self-driving capabilities.

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Experiencing the future of transportation at Ceatec 2013

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While crazy, conceptual gadgets are always a highlight at Japan’s Ceatec, some of the most interesting devices at recent iterations of the show featured something unusual: wheels. While Japan’s Tokyo Motor Show has always been a haven for tech-riddled concept machines, many companies are choosing to show off their forward-thinking rides at Ceatec, which takes place a few weeks earlier and is frequented by virtually every major Japanese company in the technology space.

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In 2013 it was the auto companies taking up more space than any other. Even Sony’s massive booth paled in comparison to the sprawling driving loop Nissan used to demonstrate its Autonomous Drive Vehicle — an all-electric Leaf wizened up and able to navigate roads by itself. The company showed a similar concept last year, a Leaf that could park itself and had cameras that an owner could connect to remotely should the alarm go off. This year’s, th… [Read more]


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Future headlights turn rain invisible, we explain how in video

Rain — the scourge of the night driver! Too many times have distracting droplets proved an annoyance for those traveling roads after dark.

New technology co-developed by Intel and Carnegie Mellon University could one day change all that. I’ve spoken to Intel about the new tech, so hit play on the video above to find out how it works.

Instead of relying on a bog-standard bulb to beam light out over a darkened road, the futuristic setup would use something more akin to a projector.

Meanwhile a camera sits nestled beneath that projector, keeping an eye on drops of rain as they enter the headlights’ beams. Information from that camera is sent to a processing unit, which identifies raindrops and makes a guess as to where each droplet is headed.

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The projector then blots out the bits of its projection where the rain drops are. The result is a light that shines out from the front of a car in the dark, but doesn’t highlight any rain…. [Read more]


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Honda and Audi show the future of driving at Nvidia conference

This digital instrument cluster in the Lamborghini Aventador is powered by an Nvidia chip.

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SAN JOSE–Over the past decade, new in-car electronics have helped us navigate and made more music easily available while driving. But if the work shown at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is any indication, bigger and better changes are in store.

Among the many automotive seminars at this year’s GTC, Honda showed off its development of a head-up display, while Audi discussed its initiatives to make urban driving safer.

In Honda’s seminar, Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Principal Scientist at the Honda Research Institute in Mountain View, California, showed head-up display technology that makes current production examples look extremely primitive. Instead of simply projecting a speed readout or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield, Ng-Thow-Hing demonstrated work in augmented reality, projecting location sensitive information useful to drivers.

Cars on display at the GTC using Nvidia technology were this Lamboghini Aventador, a McLaren MP4-12C, and a Tesla Model S.

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In one example, street names were projected onto the windshield in such a way as to appear to be signs on actual buildings. Ng-Thow-Hing explained that merely showing a flat street name o… [Read more]

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Blow then start: The future of alcohol & driving. CNET On Cars, Episode 13

Blow then start: Drunk driving tech. Ep. 13


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We have the best from the Geneva Motor Show in this episode, including LaFerrari, Lamborghini’s Veneno and the Corvette Stingray convertible.

Our Car Tech 101 explains “connected cars”, which is a term that has come to mean a lot of things. You’ll understand them all.

Cooley blows hard into the current in-car booze detectors, but then shows you the future that m… [Read more]

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Is there a self-driving car in your future?

Lexus showed off its research vehicle, designed to test advanced safety systems, at CES 2013.

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LAS VEGAS–As hints leaked that both Lexus and Audi would be showing autonomous cars at CES 2013, no less a publication than the Wall Street Journal hyped the story. However, those expecting to see cars driving themselves around the Las Vegas Convention Center were disappointed. This trend had no gas.

Lexus burst the bubble with a surprisingly short press conference. The company brought two of its LS sedans on stage, one of them fitted with sensors and processors to research advanced safety features. Lexus vice president Mark Templin described the company’s research as focused on safety, which could be taken as a reaction to Toyota’s troubles from a few years ago over unintended acceleration issues.

Templin described the active safety features, which rely on radar, camera, and infrared sensors on the production LS, but could not go into detail as to what was built into the research vehicle, or even its capabilities. He said how Toyota was carrying out this active… [Read more]

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GPS pioneer takes aim at the future of navigation

GPS pioneer takes aim at the future of navigation

The pace of modern consumer technology has been so swift in recent decades that you can still meet the people who helped change the world, and find that they’re still at it and working on what’s next. Bob Rennard is an example.

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He was one of the developers of the GPS technology we rely on today, and is a co-founder of TeleNav, a provider of GPS-related software and services. The company called me and offered to have Rennard explain its Scout platform. I’m normally reticent to come do a story on a product pitch, but the key here is that Scout is an example of a true sea change in GPS: connecting it to live Internet search and data. That’s shaping up to be the second coming of GPS and one that I’ve been calling for for years, especially in cars.

ZDNet’s Joel Evans has a piece on how he uses Scout as a replacement for sorely missed Google Maps on his new iPhone. TeleNav isn’t the only player going down this road, but it is an influential one that can move the ball forward to the day when GPS navigati… [Read more]

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Take a drive down the Route 66 of the future

Designer Daan Roosegaard, left, and an unidentified director at Heijmans Infrastructure discuss Dutch roadways.

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde thinks we drive on dumb roads. So he teamed with mega European construction company Heijmans Infrastructure to create a vision of a “smart highway” for the Netherlands — and possibly the rest of the world.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of these future roads is the fact that two concepts of the bunch — glow-in-the-dark roads and dynamic paint — should arrive by mid-2013. The group plans to introduce the rest of the concepts before 2015, giving the world a glimpse at how technology could revolutionize the way we drive by making it a safer and more sustainable experience.

Click through our gallery below to see the kind of roads you may be driving down one day.

Vision of a smart highway (pictures)

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Now showing: The future of tablet and car displays

A sneak peek at a vehicle instrument cluster made by JDI. (Click to enlarge.)

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After seeing these prototypes, you might think next-generation LCD technology looks brighter and clearer than ever.

Japan Display today revealed two exciting prototype LCD screens from the labs of the mega joint venture — consisting of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi’s manufacturing talents — that could one day change the way we look at car and tablet displays.

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While several vehicles — including those by Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Dodge, and others — currently utilize large screens for the instrument cluster (tachometer and speed gauges), few compare with the 12.2-inch automotive touch-screen displa… [Read more]

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