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The Best Auto News From CES 2023: Electric Pickups, Flying Cars and More

The Best Auto News From CES 2023: Electric Pickups, Flying Cars and More
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CES is so much more than just a trade fair for the latest TV, phones and crazy technique. It is also one of the largest and most popular auto shows in the United States. If you want to know where the travel industry is headed then there’s no better place than Las Vegas in January.

This year, hundreds of exhibitors from across the automotive industry have already showcased some of their latest products and cutting-edge technologies at CES 2023. BMW announced the futuristic electric car i Vision Dee, while Sony and Honda unveiled their EV prototype Afeela, which is integrated with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine technology to deliver next-generation entertainment, communications and security features.

If you want a closer look at the new car technology revealed at CES 2023 so far, check it out below. More information can be found here the wildest highlights we’ve seen this week and the also the craziest technique.


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Listening to Dolby Atmos in a car blew me away


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Mercedes-Benz is one of the first car manufacturers in the world to receive immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound technology

Dolby Atmos is an immersive surround sound technology that you really only find in the theater or in some expensive consumer speakers, soundbars and headphones. Unlike your typical left and right audio experience, Dolby Almost brings you sounds from every direction imaginable, and that immersive audio experience comes through Mercedes Benz Maibach. Check out our experience with Dolby Atmos at CES 2023 in the video above.

A silver Mercedes-Benz

Dolby Atmos is currently only available in a few select luxury vehicles.

The color-changing concept car from BMW

BMW has introduced the i Vision Dee, a futuristic mid-size electric sedan with digital assistant, color-changing technology and augmented reality windshield. The car’s exterior features 240 e-ink segments that can be individually controlled; You can opt for a solid color if you prefer, but each individual panel can be customized so you can go wild with patchwork designs. But the most exciting new feature is certainly the fully digital mixed reality windshield. You can decide how much “digital content” you see in front of you while driving, such as driving information, communication, AR projections and virtual worlds.

Mixed reality head-up display in action

Turn the Mixed Reality Slider to maximum and the windshield will be filled with information or even fully virtual worlds.

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The Sony and Honda electric sedan features interfaces developed by Unreal Engine

Sony and Honda have introduced the Afeelaan electric midsize sedan, on Wednesday at CES. This is how the alliance between the two companies works: Honda supplies the vehicle engineering and after-sales service, while Sony covers the technical side of things, including electronics, sensors and entertainment. The front of the EV features a built-in display that can be used to show information to other drivers and pedestrians, while the entire body is equipped with dozens of cameras and sensors to detect objects and provide an autonomous driving experience. Inside, the car’s user interface is powered by Qualcomm technology and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to enhance the driving experience and provide a high-quality entertainment system.

Afeela Sony Auto announced at CES 2023

The two companies plan to launch pre-orders for the EV in 2025.

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Amazon Ring now wants to live in your car

Amazon’s Ring makes security cameras for your home and business to provide security and allow you to keep tabs on package deliveries and other activities, and now it wants to do the same for your car. The Ring Car Cam is a dual-face dash-mounted camera that can record both inside and outside your car while you’re driving or parked. While the camera stores footage locally, if you park nearby it can connect to your Wi-Fi network to upload footage. You can also get LTE support to stay connected, so you can view a live feed in case someone else has your car. You need to pay for a Ring Protect Go subscription for that. You can Pre-order the Ring Car Cam now for $200or wait to buy when it releases in February for $250.

The Ring Car Cam, a two-sided dash cam with Wi-Fi connectivity, sits on the dashboard of a vehicle driving past against a bokeh background.

Thanks to the camera’s built-in speaker and microphone, you can talk to anyone in the car remotely.

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An electric pickup that follows you?

Ram introduced the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV, its first-ever all-electric pickup truck, at CES 2023. The electric truck features rear-swinging suicide doors, three rows of seats, an AR display, a personal AI assistant, and “themes” for the car’s interior. For example, you can turn on Party Mode or Relax Mode—each changing seating positions and orientation, lighting, sound system, and even the opacity of the skylight. But the most interesting thing about the electric truck is certainly its “shadow mode” feature, which allows the truck to follow the driver like a dog when he’s on foot.

Ram 1500 Revolution BEV concept

Arriving in 2024.

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Nvidia is bringing its gaming platform to select cars

GeForce Now, Nvidia’s popular cloud gaming service that lets you play games like Fortnite and Apex Legends on your phone, tablet and TV is coming to your car soon. During its presentation at CES 2023 NVIDIA announced a partnership with Hyundai Motor Group, Polestar and BYD to integrate the gaming platform into multiple internet-connected vehicles. A passenger in the car can load GeForce Now into a built-in display and play games like Rocket League with a connected gamepad.

Nvidia GeForce Now in the car

More than a thousand games will be available.

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Google has released its new Android Auto update

On Thursday, Google announced the release of its latest Android Auto software. The redesign focuses on navigation, communication and music – for starters, Maps is now closer to the driver’s seat, making it easier to see, and there’s also a new quick launcher to give you quicker access to the apps you use most need. A new split-screen layout adapts to your screen size and orientation, and Google Assistant offers intelligent suggestions like arrival time sharing, message replies, and music or podcast reminders. If you own one of the latest Pixel or Samsung phones, you’ll soon be able to make WhatsApp calls through Android Auto.

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Android Auto adapts better to a variety of screen sizes and aspect ratios.

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Oh yes, a four-seat flying car was announced

Flying cars aren’t quite off the ground yet, but we seem to be one step closer. US company Aska announced what may be the world’s first four-seat flying car at CES this year. The Aska A5 is an electric vehicle the size of a small SUV that can travel on a single charge on the road and up to 400km in the air. It also comes with a small petrol engine that can give you an extra 50 miles. And you can expect it to hit the streets (and skies) pretty soon. According to CEO Guy Kaplinsky, the Federal Aviation Administration could approve the A5 this month, and the company plans to launch a ride-sharing service using a fleet of its flying vehicles in 2026. The A5 is priced at $789,000. You can pay a $5,000 deposit to get onto the platform pre-order list at the moment.

An image of ASKA's flying car on display at CES.

Why fight traffic on the road when you can just fly over it?

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