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The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show takes place every year in January, this year from January 7 – 10, 2020. Here at NowCar, we love new car technology as much as we love new models. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there’s what some would call a smaller show – an auto show of sorts with all the automakers that tend to show up at CES. This year it seemed like everyone was making a debut, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), BMW, Kia Motors, the Hyundai Motor Group, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Check out all the cool technology and models that made their debut at CES 2020.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and EVs
FCA may not have any electric vehicles on the market yet, but the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan paved the way for alternative fuel vehicles, and the addition of eTorque to several vehicles in the lineup. During the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, automaker Jeep debuted the Jeep Renegade Plug-in concept and the Jeep Compass Plug-in concept. Of course, there was no way they would leave out the Jeep Wrangler, which showed up with a plug-in hybrid version at CES 2020. These three vehicles are the first step in the new Jeep five-year roadmap to design and produce an electric version of each model in the lineup by 2022. Each vehicle will come with a new “Jeep 4xe badge”.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp
Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) started a partnership with MaaS Global Oy in 2019, and together they aim to create a mobile ecosystem where every consumer has access to some form of private or public transportation. Owner of smartphone app Whim in Finland, MaaS Global offers consumers access to buses, trams, taxis, cars, bicycles, and more transportation services via the purchase of various plans through the app. Mitsubishi Motors intends to expand this service worldwide while also working on its own projects with Mitsubishi Electric. Known for its constant development of artificially intelligent and self-driving technology, Mitsubishi Electric debuted two new technologies that can show up in future models. One is Driver Wellness Detection system that monitors the driver’s health and can contact emergency services if the driver is unconscious or in need of medical aid. The second technology being introduced is software that will make voice commands easier to use, even in a crowded, noisy car.
Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group
Personally, this is our favorite. We’ve been talking about flying cars for awhile now and the many projects already up in the air. Some of the big names are Daimler, Toyota, BMW (Project Skai), and Uber. Many startups like Lilium, Airbus, Zunum Aero, and Blackfly are also making themselves known when it comes to personal aircrafts. Can you imagine hailing a personal airplane to skip the traffic or fly home after a long night?
Uber can imagine it, and with the Hyundai Motor Group (including Kia Motors) joining Uber in the project, an interesting concept made its debut at CES 2020. Powered by what looks like six large propellers connected to electric motors, the personal air taxi is already pretty impressive. Able to fly distances of up to 60 miles at 180 mph, all you need is a helipad and you can fly to work. Kind of like this video Hyundai released to demonstrate their vision of an ecosystem of mobility. It seems more than one automaker has this idea.
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