The all-electric, 2016 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 200-mile range and starts at $37,500, or $37K after the federal tax credit. The Bolt EV has a strong, lightweight aluminum chassis. It charges in nine hours with a 240 V charger. Optional features include forward pedestrian, forward collision, side blind zone, and rear cross traffic alerts.
Ford’s latest Ford GT is not electric and its 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 mid-engine delivers over 600 HP. The teardrop-shaped body is based on carbon-fiber technology built on an aluminum frame. The plan for 2016 is only 1,000 cars. The rear-wheel-drive car is driven by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Like most automotive companies, Ford is working on self-driving car technology. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is its platform of choice for the Ford Smart Mobility project. The Velodyne solid-state, Hybrid Ultra PUCK Auto LiDAR sensors on top provide 360-deg. coverage. Eventually the technology would be hidden in the frame such as a side mirror. Ford plans on having a fleet of 100 test vehicles this year.
Toyota has pledged $1 billion in the next five years to help deliver artificial intelligence technology to provide safe and efficient self-driving cars. This demonstration at 2016 CES consisted of a number of self-driving model cars that communicated with each other. They employed a learning system that exchanged information among the cars.
Toyota is investing in hydrogen-powered vehicles. This FVC Plus prototype highlights hydrogen fuel-cell technology. Toyota has hundreds of patents related to fuel cells. The challenge is twofold because it requires a fueling infrastructure that does not exist yet.
Virtual Reality technology was employed throughout the Consumer Electronics Show. Kia decided to highlight its automotive technology using VR simulation. Attendees were able to don VR googles and drive the Soul EV hatchback. Or rather, the Soul EV was driving itself. It might be a safer way to test self-driving cars for the moment. The ride was actually a bit more hectic with a chase scene or two.
Polaris has a number of electric-vehicle lines including GEM. It is a customizable platform that can take many forms, from the people mover shown here to a truck that can handle heavy payloads. It's designed to be used in a variety of environments, such as campuses. It can handle up to six people or loads up to 1,400 pounds. It has three-point seat belts, lights, and turn signals for use on road and off. It can run almost 100 miles on a single charge.
The Polaris Ranger EV is a variant of the GEM electric-vehicle line with a 30 HP motor. It is designed for off-road use with a heavy-duty suspension, 10-in. ground clearance plus a tight turning radius. It is also suitable for on-road use as well. It can handle additional loads of 500 pounds and it can tow and carry up to 1,500 pounds. It can be equipped with a rear dump box.
Victory motorcycles are well known for their high performance. This electric version, the Empulse TT, starts at $19,999. It has a 10,400 Watt-Hour Brammo Power lithium ion battery that can be charged in under four hours. The superbike has a 54 HP motor, allowing it to hit speeds over 100 mph. It utilizes regenerative braking and has a six-speed gearbox. It has a 45-mile range of normal riding.
The Gogoro SmartScooter uses modular batteries that can be charged externally and plugged into the scooter. The scooter can hit 50 km/hour in 4.2 s. It tops out at 95 km/hour. It uses specially designed tires that are harder along the centerline for reduced rolling restriction. The removable battery system is designed to allow quick swap-and-go operation using a GoStation. A two-unit charger can be used at home.
QNX Software Systems was demonstrating its automotive technology at CES 2016, including its V2x and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The QNX “glass cockpit” combines ADAS, instrument cluster, and infotainment into a single environment. The demonstration showed real-time obstacle recognition along with ADAS highlights on the virtual console. QNX also demonstrated its In-Car Communication (ICC) technology that uses distributed microphones and speakers to allow a driver to speak with someone in the back of a noisy car and vice versa.
The latest transportation technologies were on display at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show including the newest electric cars, self-driving cars, and motorcycles.
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