Top 5 transportation tech at CES 2019
Innovative technology and transportation go hand in hand, so big tech shows such as CES 2019 are a good place to spot upcoming, inspiring solutions for improving the connectivity, safety and user experience of roads and vehicles. Here is a short list of the top transportation tech unveiled in Las Vegas during the event.
Credit: Hyundai Motor Group
Holographic AR display: The next generation in visual technology
As statistics regarding the dangers of using a cellphone while driving have shown, screens are a distraction to drivers. And so are all the beeps and sirens and other aural alerts. But how else can the sensor technology already embedded in most cars warn the driver of a potential danger? Through augmented reality (AR), of course! At CES 2019, Hyundai Motor Group unveiled the first Holographic Augmented Reality Navigation System, developed in collaboration with deep-tech startup company WayRay AG. According to the company, “the biggest advantage of a holographic AR navigation system built into the vehicle is that the stereoscopic image is displayed on the actual road and appropriately adjusted in accordance with the specific viewing angle of the driver, thereby delivering accurate driving guidance.”
Connectivity saves lives: C-2VX communication to the rescue
It’s easy to understand how vehicle and infrastructure cellular connectivity can improve passenger and pedestrian safety in cities, where cellular tower coverage is as efficient as it gets. But what about remote locations where coverage is spottier? The solution is to cut the middle man out and let the vehicles create their own network, technology that Ford plans to deploy in their vehicles by 2022. Developed in partnership with Qualcomm, the solution is called C-V2X – cellular vehicle to everything – which includes car to car and car to infrastructure.
Autonomous platform: Driving people and goods
Coolness alert! The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic looks good, both inside and out. This modular autonomous electric platform can provide mobility solutions for goods or people, depending on the module you choose. Programmed to anticipate increases in transportation needs in a city, it can wait for passengers, for example, outside a stadium just at the right time to take them home. It can also communicate with pedestrians on the road, reducing the perceived risk they might associate with a driverless shuttle.
Flying taxis: A high jump over the traffic jam
Bell Helicopter and Uber have partnered to come up with the Nexus VTOL (vertical take off and landing), a drone-like aircraft designed for shuttling people around cities. And even though the regulations are not yet in place for this significant change in human transportation, both companies hope they will be – and that the public will be ready to embrace the idea of these urban helicopters – by the time they want to deploy them in the early 2020s.
Stretch those legs: a step up in the concept car
Off-road takes on whole new meaning with the Hyundai Cradle, equipped with wheels, of course, but also with legs! Digging into the principles of biomimicry, the Project Elevate vehicle has four legs that can adapt their walking style depending on the terrain, adopting a reptilian walking style for climbing up slippery slopes or a mammal style for more speed on uneven ground. Think Star Wars AT-AT walkers meet high performance.
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