The best cars, rides and automotive tech from CES 2023
proof, if that It had to be, how CES has become an auto show during the 2023 keynote hosted by BMW, which showcased the color-changing i Vision Dee concept. Sidekicks on stage included Herbie, KITT and yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After the show began, legacy giants such as BMW, Audi and Volkswagen shared the show with automotive tech companies like Harman, tier-two suppliers like ZF and startups turning classic cars into electrics like Zero Labs. There was even a collaboration that looked like a Gran Turismo Monopoly just a few years ago, in the form of Sony Honda Mobility and its new car brand Afeela.
With more automotive news coming out of CES this week than the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show itself, it’s no wonder the future of the traditional auto show is in question. It was an event where automakers and tech companies came together, creating a clearer picture of how they would work together and, more importantly, how they would need each other to survive.
So here are WIRED’s automotive highlights from CES 2023
Sony Honda Mobility Afila
Three years after Sony surprised CES 2020 attendees with its first concept car, the company now has a production partner in the form of Honda and a brand name: Afeela. The first Afila model will be available for pre-order in the United States in the first half of 2025, Sony said, and the first customer cars will arrive in spring 2026.
The car on display has 45 sensors, Sony said, as well as a digital display on the front bumper, lidar for self-driving and 3D graphics made using Epic Games’ Unreal engine. , its manufacturers. Fortnite. The first Afila car will apparently use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon “Digital Chassis”, a new vehicle platform that integrates telematics, connectivity, driver assistance and autonomy. Other car brands will also use Qualcomm chassis.
BMW and Vision Dee
BMW used CES to showcase a new concept car that can change exterior color in seconds. The body is covered with panels that act as the screen of your Kindle e-book reader. Up to 32 shades are available in this prototype and graduated patterns can be created to transition from one tone to another.
Inside, BMW hopes the i Vision Dee will be the future of head-up display (HUD) technology. Replacing a conventional dashboard display, an interface is projected across the entire windshield, allowing the driver to choose from five levels of immersion, a normal and shallow driving display and a virtual world of information about the vehicle in full screen.
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