Auto industry shows off prototypes at CES in Vegas

Posted at 01/11/14 12:21 PM

NEVADA – Technology doesn't have to stay at home. At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics trade show in Las Vegas, from European to Asian car manufacturers, showed what the future holds for consumers by taking technology on the road.

Toyota's FV2 mobility concept car makes its debut at CES. It connects with the driver both physically and emotionally.

Subtle shifts of the driver's body steers the car. The vehicle can gauge the driver's mood by using voice and image recognition to ensure the driver's safety.

BMW is promoting a network of charging stations called Chargepoint with their model i3 Electric Car.

The 170-horsepower rear wheel drive BMW i3 can go 0-50 miles per hour in 7 seconds with a top speed of 93 miles per hour. It can be fully charged in 3 hours, or a quick charge in 20 minutes for an 80% battery level.

The BMW i3 is expected to hit the market in the 2nd quarter of this year.

Ford introduced a different way of charging a car. This time, with solar energy.

"We added a special lens that sits above the car that concentrates the sun so that you can, by just parking this car under the sun, you can get 20 miles of electric battery power," Ford said.

A Lotus automobile created a statement that they will only use solar power to totally exclude electric companies.

When it comes to being connected, Chevrolet takes the term "information superhighway" to a whole new level, this time, to the streets.

A corvette is integrated with 4G LTE WiFi internet service provided by the On Star company.

Its navigation dash can run downloadable apps with services such as Pandora, the weather channel, and Priceline.com.

With a front-facing camera on the rear-view mirror, the corvette can record video and data of your driving performance along with GPS information.

Audi showed off a new concept in lighting the road ahead with the sport quattro concept car using LED d light for low beams, and laser light for high beams reaching as far as 500 meters.

These prototypes seem promising on the road to brighter, cleaner, and efficient vehicles.