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MAR-APR 2019

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Serving as the first major car show of the calendar year, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas also provides a barometer for both the progress of electric vehicles and how close we are to fully autonomous vehicles. Automotive companies are increasingly utilizing the CES to showcase concept cars of the future along with more ready-for-market leading-edge technology. We rounded up a few notable launches and lurches toward a future where a driver (and in some cases the road itself ) are optional. AUDI Audi's booth at the CES was designed around the motto "from driving experience to digital driving adventure," and placed the spotlight of two technologies for the in-car entertainment of the future. In the "Audi Experience Ride," backseat passengers can experience movies, video games, and interactive content even more realistically using virtual reality glasses. e "Audi Immersive In-Car Entertainment" project takes up the action in movie scenes and translates it into real vehicle movements. In order to establish this new form of entertainment on the market as quickly and comprehensively as possible, a subsidiary of Audi, Audi Electronics Venture GmbH, has co-founded a startup named holoride GmbH, in which it holds a minority interest. Also available for ogling was Audi's four-door Aicon, a sleek autonomous vehicle designed for fully electric operation, and engineered to cover distances up to 500 miles on a single battery charge. BELL Resembling a drone with seating for four, the full-scale Bell Nexus air taxi concept unveiled at CES aims to begin test flights in early 2023. e vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) vehicle will be powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system, with six 8-foot tilting ducted fans that enable Nexus to go from vertical liftoff to horizontal flight. BELLS & WHISTLES Transportation highlights from the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show Written by Andre James Bell Nexus air taxi concept 42

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