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At NowCar, if there is something we love more than amazing deals for our consumers, it has to be all the amazing technology we get to talk about every year. Although 2020 saw a large drop of the many auto shows that happen around the world, it was definitely a new year of innovation. We saw some of the coolest auto tech introduced in 2020, and it’s time to highlight some of our favorites.
Always a pioneer, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group are always working on something new. For 2020, there was talk of shifting focus to Purpose-Built Vehicle (PBV) production, Kia Motors started investing in new EV battery technology and ended the year with a new BEV platform. Coolest of all, Kia also introduced Hello Kia, the automaker’s very own smart assistant, found in all future Kia Motors vehicles.
Mitsubishi and Nissan
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance presented mid-term plans for future business and announced many upcoming technologies to look forward to, such as autonomous driving, a new electric vehicle platform, and an ever-elusive C/D segment vehicle from Mitsubishi. A subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors Corp, Mitsubishi Electric is always busy at work and developed a new human-like GPS system that categorizes what it “sees” and then makes operations appropriately based on the categorized entities – just like a human driver would. Nissan has its own plans with the Alliance, working on connected vehicle technology and building a mobile ecosystem.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Soon to be officially known as “Stellantis”, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brands finally took a huge leap forward for hybrid and electric technology. Jeep released the new Wrangler 4xe on a global scale, along with the Jeep Renegade 4xe and Jeep Compass 4xe, all plug-in hybrid versions of their namesake model. Getting a little futuristic, FCA also debuted its new augmented reality app Owner's Manual for upcoming vehicles on the Ram Rebel TRX.
Other Cool Stuff
We also see some fascinating technology at the Consumer Electronics Show, and 2020 was no exception. Slipping in just before worldwide quarantine shutdown, we saw the first glimpses of the Jeep 4xe vehicles, a budding mobile ecosystem of transportation services from Mitsubishi Motors Corp and MaaS Global, and private airplane Uber transportation from Kia Motors and Hyundai. Some other neat tidbits of tech popping up, General Motors introduced a new service akin to in-flight movie technology where consumers can connect a tablet to the vehicle system and have instant access to on-demand media. This was a little “Thank You” from GM for helping to hit a one million Wi-Fi subscriber milestone. A year for innovation, 2020 was also the year Mercedes-Benz developed a virtual remote support system for auto maintenance that would allow for technicians and experts to view a repair job and discuss it in real-time with holographic lenses.
We hope to see a lot more cool technology popping up in 2021. If social distancing decreases and engineers can be more hands-on, who knows what kind of car tech will pop-up next. Here’s looking forward to a brighter future of automotive technology. Follow along with us on