CES 2022: Rev up with new automotive tech from GM, BMW, Hyundai, Fisker

CES 2022: Rev up with new automotive tech from GM, BMW, Hyundai, Fisker

Marc Saltzman
Special to USA TODAY
 
Pandemic fears and travel restrictions kept the crowds smaller, but they and those attending remotely witnessed the future of transport revealed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. You need not be a gear head to be blown away at what’s coming down the road.

Electrification, automation and personalization are the three biggest automotive tech trends you can expect, including vehicles designed to make transport safer, faster, more comfortable and less taxing on Mother Earth.

A few highlights:

Chevy Silverado gets electrified

 
 

In her keynote address, General Motors CEO Mary Barra took the wraps off the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV, a next-gen full-size pickup with battery-powered range of up to 400 miles on a full charge. Prices are likely to start at $39,900.

Leveraging the power of GM’s Ultium EV platform, this sleek Silverado supports DC fast charging capabilities up to 350 kilowatts, which means you can get 100 miles of EV range in 10 minutes on public DC fast chargers.

Like several other GM vehicles, this truck will support Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology on more than 200,000 miles of highways across the USA and Canada. It will keep you in your lane, accelerate and decelerate based on road traffic and will change lanes for you, once it’s safe to do so (after putting on your turn signal).

Reservations are open, and the first trucks will be available in the spring of 2023.

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Fisker embraces radar

The Fisker Ocean also features a solar roof that generates up to 2,000 miles of range per year from sunlight. Inside the vehicle, a 17-inch rotating screen on the dashboard, a world’s first, and a doggie window in the back hatch.
 

On track for delivery in late 2022, Fisker announced digital radar technology for its New Ocean EV SUV, which will be part of its Fisker Intelligent Pilot, an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that uses multiple cameras and sensors. The company says radar offers better resolution to see farther in front of the vehicle and distinguish objects sooner, such as locating vehicles at 656 feet and pedestrians at 262 feet in front of it.

The Ocean features a solar roof that generates up to 2,000 miles of range per year from sunlight. Inside the vehicle: a 17-inch rotating screen on the dashboard, a world’s first, and a doggie window in the back hatch.

Due out in November, Fisker New Ocean will start at less than $40,000 (and less than $30,000 after tax credits).

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A BMW that can change colors

BMW showcases the iX Flow featuring E Ink technology.
 

Shown in-person and quickly followed by a trending topic on social media, BMW demonstrated its iX Flow tech at CES, which may let future BMW owners change the color of their vehicle with the push of a button.

BMW says electrophoretic coloring is based on a technology developed by E lnk, a technology most commonly seen on e-reader screens from Kobo and Amazon’s Kindle.

The surface coating of the BMW would contain millions of microcapsules at a diameter equivalent to the thickness of a human hair, BMW says in a news release. Each microcapsule contains negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments, which can help the car change its look, in varying shades of white, black and gray.

No, you cannot change your car from, say, blue to red, but it’s still impressive, and seemingly ripped out of a sci-fi movie.

► New hues:  BMW unveils color-changing iX Flow SUV at CES with E Ink technology

Hyundai talks ‘Mobility of Things’

At CES 2022, the South Korean powerhouse introduced the future concept of “Mobility of Things."
 

Hyundai, it seems, is expanding its business to evolve into a robotics company, as well.

At CES 2022, the South Korean powerhouse introduced the concept of “Mobility of Things,” which may power everything from passenger pods (that can safely and quickly transport people autonomously from one place to another) to robotic helpers, including four-legged ’bots that can serve humans in several ways, such as walking around a hospital to check on patients, helping to stack heavy crates in a warehouse or surveilling a business by walking around its perimeter to look for anything suspicious.

You may recall Hyundai bought Boston Dynamics, a robotics leader, last June.

► These are the products from CES 2022 that I’d actually buy:  Smart faucet, 97-inch OLED TV

Wejo data getting smarter, streamlined

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in the U.K., Wejo works with automakers to gather real-time and historic car data from 150 sensors (on a typical connected car) for insights on traffic, accidents, emissions, driving behaviors, vehicle reliability and other valuable “big data” that can be analyzed to help carmakers and drivers alike.

Announced at CES in partnership with Microsoft, Wejo Neural Edge is an evolution of the platform that captures critical data to create a metaverse “digital twin” of both your car and driving environment, helping to bring autonomous vehicles and smart cities to  realization.

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