Induct Technologies was demonstrating Navia, their 8-passenger autonomous shuttle. It is designed for pedestrian areas or private campuses. On-board computers provide autonomous operation using laser rangefinders. The electric shuttle uses lithium-polymer batteries. At each stop has an induction charging system. Multiple shuttles can be used within an area with additional shuttles automatically starting up as demand requires.
Ford was showing of a solar concept car, the C-MAX Solar Energi based on the electric C-MAX Energi currently available. The concept car adds a 1.5 m2 array of solar panels on the roof. The panels are covered by Fresnel lenses that help focus sunlight providing more efficient operation without having the panel track the sun.
The Ford C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a 621 mile range. The solar panel is designed to augment this thereby extending the electric range of the car which is 21 miles.
Audi showed off the latest iteration of the Sport Quattro Laserlight, a dual plug-in hybrid with headlights that combine matrix LED and laser light technology. Each headlight contains two low-profile trapezoidal elements; the outer one generates the low beam light using matrix LEDs and an aperture mask and the inner element produces laser light for high-beam functionality. The laser light diodes are much smaller than LED diodes and can illuminate the road ahead for about 1,640 feet—at twice the lighting range and three times the luminosity of typical LED high beam lights.
Chevrolet announced that the new fleet of 2015 cars, including the Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt, will include an OnStar 4G LTE connection running on AT&T’s network. The built in Wi-Fi will allow multiple devices including smartphones and tablets to be connected simultaneously. Built directly into the car’s architecture, OnStar aims for a more consistent and powerful hotspot connection.
Automotive technology is pushing the envelope at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Everything from cars-turned-hotspots to electric cars that carry their own solar cells were on display at the show.
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