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Tech & Science The coolest car tech from CES that you'll be driving with any day

08:35  11 january  2018
08:35  11 january  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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LAS VEGAS — There’s no shortage of far-out, futuristic, fantastical car tech here at CES this year. Everyone’s working on self-driving cars, or cars that read your emotions and  scan your brainwaves. Heck, we’ve even see a flying car.

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Automakers showed the car tech that will make driving easier, safer and more personalized at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Some of it may already be sitting in your driveway. Jennifer Jolly, Special for USA TODAY.

Coolest tech from CES coming to your car any day . LAS VEGAS — There’s no shortage of far-out, futuristic, fantastical car tech here at CES this year. Everyone’s working on self- driving cars , or cars that read your emotions and scan your brainwaves.

Sure, some of it’s far-fetched —  and autonomous cars are still a few years out from getting any kind of go-ahead for mainstream drivers — but a lot of this new car tech is closer than you think. Like maybe even sitting in your driveway right now.

The Gentex rearview mirror scanner, scanning an iris. © Jennifer Jolly, special for USA TODAY The Gentex rearview mirror scanner, scanning an iris. Hey, Alexa

a close up of a car: Hyundai introduced its vision of the car of the future at CES 2018. © Hyundai/handout Hyundai introduced its vision of the car of the future at CES 2018.

BMW, Ford, and Hyundai already have Alexa voice integration, and Toyota announced this week that Alexa integration is coming out in some of its new Toyota and Lexus cars, too. That means on your way home from work, you can ask Alexa to turn on the lights, turn up the thermostat, preheat the oven, even let the dog out — all before you pull into your garage. Jaguar Land Rover announced something similar called HomeLink Connect that’s also coming out this year.

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  A smart insole pairs with an app to track how tired you are Two years ago, at CES 2016, we found a pair of smart shoes that can be "laced" by simply tapping a virtual button on a smartphone app. Now, the company behind those sneakers, Zhor Tech, has brought its latest creation to CES 2018: a connected shoe insole. If someone slips, for instance, the insole can detect that and alert a manager or another supervisor. Of course, the whole system comes together in an app, where users can view detailed, real-time information and share it with other people.

Coolest tech from CES coming to your car any day . LAS VEGAS — There’s no shortage of far-out, futuristic, fantastical car tech here at CES this year. Everyone’s working on self- driving cars , or cars that read your emotions and scan your brainwaves.

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No more parallel parking lessons

Self-driving tech already exists in several cars and will continue to roll out in bits and pieces. Ever see a car that can park itself? That Driver-Assist feature is pretty standard in many new cars these days. It uses cameras and sensors to warn you when you’re drifting out of your lane or about to crash into something (or someone) ahead. It’s the baby-steps version of autonomous cars, and it’s getting better, too.

Your next key: your eyes

At the Gentex Corp. booth tucked in a far corner of the cavernous convention center, behind all the fancy robot race cars and connected-car craziness, a rearview mirror just scanned my iris to verify my identity before turning on the car.

The biometrics system means added security — as in the car won’t start if you’re not an authorized driver, as well as the ability to customize everything for you.

“It can adjust the seats, mirrors, steering wheel, load your Spotify account and put everything exactly how you want it," said Craig Piersma, Gentex’s director of marketing. "We’re using ...  Visa checkout to illustrate how you can make payments for gasoline from the car, or pay for tolls, or even parking spots, all with your iris.” The tech is available today.

A smart insole pairs with an app to track how tired you are

  A smart insole pairs with an app to track how tired you are Two years ago, at CES 2016, we found a pair of smart shoes that can be "laced" by simply tapping a virtual button on a smartphone app. Now, the company behind those sneakers, Zhor Tech, has brought its latest creation to CES 2018: a connected shoe insole. If someone slips, for instance, the insole can detect that and alert a manager or another supervisor. Of course, the whole system comes together in an app, where users can view detailed, real-time information and share it with other people.

Some of the technology that debuts at CES , the annual consumer electronics show , turns out to be “vaporware,” that is , it will never make a commercial debut for one reason or another. More: The coolest car tech from CES that you ' ll be driving with any day .

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Cars that can read your vitals

a close up of a car: Toyota Concept-i Series vehicles appear on display at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. © Jae C. Hong, AP Toyota Concept-i Series vehicles appear on display at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Hyundai and Nissan also showed off biometric features, though still much more futuristic. Hyundai unveiled the Intelligent Personal Cockpit, featuring artificial-intelligence-enhanced voice recognition that can monitor vital signs. Then there’s Nissan’s new mind-reading — “brain to vehicle technology” — that uses brain waves to sense when you’re going to brake or swerve a fraction of a second faster, promising to speed up reaction times for drivers. (No word yet on when these features might come to a car near us though.)

Toyota’s self-driving darling, the super flashy Concept-i we first showed you last year, wants to make an emotional connection with you as well. This is the closest any of the automaker’s demos came to feeling like a real K.I.T.T. car. Through an artificial intelligence agent named Yui, it “talked” to me about various landmarks, restaurants, activities such as biking and hiking, even what clothes I like to wear — all while steering me through a simulation of tourist-filled streets near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The idea here? To develop a next-generation car “from the inside out,” says a company spokesperson, “with a focus on making it immersive, energetic and, most importantly — approachable.” Toyota plans to demo some version of this car timed with the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Torc car drives itself as well as any human at CES 2018

  Torc car drives itself as well as any human at CES 2018 A drive through Las Vegas in Torc Robotic's self-driving car shows that the technology may be ready for the public.Only, this car, a Lexus RX 450h modified by Torc Robotics, is driving itself, and I realize it's the first time I've experienced a self-driving car performing a U-turn.

More: The coolest car tech from CES that you ' ll be driving with any day . SUVs that aim to stand out. BMW X2. Another attempt to make SUVs look sexy. The X2 has a "distinctive exterior design that combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe."

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a woman standing in front of a television: USA TODAY columnist rides in Toyota's concept car, which features a voice-activated digital assistant, at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. © Roddy Blelloch/Special for USA TODAY USA TODAY columnist rides in Toyota's concept car, which features a voice-activated digital assistant, at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas.

Of course, all this great tech for inside your car has to function in the world outside your car. Ford is the only automaker taking a different approach here at CES. They built a bustling mini-street to demonstrate a vision for integrating cars, bikes, pedestrians, stop lights — and, yes, Ford’s self-driving vehicles — into a safe, seamless, people-centered "City of Tomorrow."

Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY's digital video show TECH NOW. Email her at jj@techish.com. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferJolly.

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