Auto Shows Four Autonomous-Car Features You’re Gonna Dig [CES 2020]

21:25  03 january  2020
21:25  03 january  2020 Source:   motortrend.com

Volkswagen to unveil a new EV concept Nov. 19 in Los Angeles

  Volkswagen to unveil a new EV concept Nov. 19 in Los Angeles It coincides with the L.A. Auto Show and kicks off a VW exhibit at the Petersen MuseumVW offers no details on the concept, which debuts at a private event Nov. 19 during the press days for the L.A. Auto Show, except to say that it will be one of four ID. concept vehicles highlighted in the Petersen exhibit. Volkswagen is teasing the “Building an Electric Future” exhibit with a rendering of the ID.Vizzion, the futuristic Level 5 autonomous electric concept it unveiled last year that features no steering wheel and no pedals and is supposed to arrive between 2020 and 2022.

The 2020 CES nerd-a-palooza won't be crowded by the Detroit auto show, which is moving to June this year, so we'll be devoting more time and attention to the event formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. To whet your tech appetite, here are four noteworthy autonomous-vehicle technologies that were revealed just recently.

New 2020 Fiat 500X Sport Model Coming for U.S. Buyers

  New 2020 Fiat 500X Sport Model Coming for U.S. Buyers This athletic appearance package for the already capable AWD 500X will help ease the sting of losing the regular 500. Fiat announced that it will sell a 2020 500X Sport model in the U.S., despite pulling the regular 500 minicar out of the U.S. market several weeks ago.Like the 500X, the Sport will be powered by a new 177-hp turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder.The 500X Sport will start at $28,390, a $2305 premium over the standard 500X, and it will be on sale starting in early 2020.

Magna "Campfire" Seating: Multiple Configurations

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Officially, they're called Power Long Rails with Stadium Swivel, and they're brought to you by the Stow 'n Go folks. On the move, when your electrons bid you to "sit back and leave the driving to us" (in that sing-songy voice they undoubtedly have), these clever seats feature bottom cushions that fold up, allowing the seat to pivot in place and slide fore and aft to achieve a "campfire" configuration that lets the family (or board of directors on the move) see each other for a chat. And when you're toiling away at your daytime desk job and send the car off to earn its keep, the "power long rail" part kicks in, folding the cushions up and powering all the seats forward to leave a giant cargo area into which package delivery drones can dump stuff. This tech is still in the concept stage of development.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Benefit from Subtle yet Meaningful Updates

  2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Benefit from Subtle yet Meaningful Updates Nicer interior materials, a new touchscreen infotainment system, and additional active-safety tech bring Alfa's core sedan and SUV in line with the competition. Research the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia on MSN AutosThe Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV have dutifully served as Alfa Romeo's brand ambassadors upon its return to North America, but not without a few hiccups. Some of the brand's "charms" got lost in the translation from Italian to English, while an onslaught of new and updated products from key rivals such as Audi, BMW, Genesis, and Mercedes-Benz have raised the bar for luxury and technology.

Continental eHorizon and PreviewESC: The Cloud Can Can Prep Your Car for Weather

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This new advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) teaches some old sensors new tricks and combines the added info they're providing with cloud computing, nav data, and artificial intelligence to help vehicles match their speeds to current conditions. An example: Those dumb sideview mirror cams that used to just twiddle their digital thumbs when you weren't parking now watch for water spray coming off the front tires to gauge hydroplaning danger. This Road Condition Observer data gets transmitted to the Continental cloud, where similar info from other vehicles gets combined with local temperature and precipitation weather data. In this cloud, Continental's eHorizon technology uses artificial intelligence to combine swarm data from the entire fleet with additional info from neural networks used for image processing and object detection into an information stew of data that models can use to predict accurate, localized coefficients of friction and identify hazardous situations. Back on board your vehicle, PreviewESC uses this friction info along with onboard knowledge of the curvature of the road, upcoming intersections, and the like to regulate speed—whether you're driving or the car is. This technology is in development with a specific customer, and it's in limited commercial production today (lacking any auto-braking function).

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CNXMotion Brake-to-Steer: Correcting for Faults or Danger Automatically in Driverless Cars

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This Continental-Nexsteer (CNX) joint venture delivers redundant emergency steering if the primary (and perhaps secondary) electric power steering windings should fail during autonomous driving (or when a driver fails to accept a Level 3-4 handoff). It brakes a front wheel to steer the car in that direction. This idea is already in use for lane-keep-assist functions, but it is able to steer more dramatically if the suspension design incorporates a greater scrub radius (that's where the steering kingpin angle axis intersects the ground well inboard of the center of the tire's contact patch). A big scrub radius can compromise dynamic handling and steering feel—things nobody will notice or care about when the electrons take the helm full-time. This technology is still in the concept phase of development.

OSRAM-Continental SMARTRIX-HD "Talking" Headlamps

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The HD in that shout-case nomenclature stands for high-def and refers to the 4,096 pixels of LED light in each headlamp. With that many pixels, the lamps can very precisely shade the area of an oncoming car's windshield to prevent blinding glare, or they can highlight a biker or deer on the side of the road with added brightness. They can also create messages on the roadway—navigation arrows, deer warnings, or even communication with pedestrians to replace that human eye-lock that makes us feel comfortable crossing in front of a motorist. In autonomous mode, lamps like this can draw a crosswalk in front to acknowledge recognition of the pedestrian. Oh, and these lamps also include laser high-beams that can project light almost 2,000 feet down the road! Many of the wonderful things these smart lamps can do are not yet legal in the U.S., but the hardware will be in production in 2020, ready to be activated over the air if/when NHTSA (finally) approves their use.

CES 2020: What it's like to ride in a self-driving Lyft .
This wasn't a media-sponsored test ride. It was just me and a Lyft in the wild. At the end of my ride, I gave Steven and LaToya five stars for their service and I ran along.After my first ride in a self-driving car, I can say with confidence I’d do it again. (You’d probably have to ease me into a fully autonomous version, without any operators.) For the most part, the ride was smooth and it allayed many of my fears. I’m not 100% comfortable with self-driving cars yet, but I’ll definitely consider them with a more open mind.

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