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MAR-APR 2019

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BMW The focal point of the BMW's CES stand was Vision iNEXT, and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which constitutes the central element for interaction between the driver, their vehicle, and their digital world. e BMW Vision iNEXT formed the optical highlight of the exhibition stand, which also showcased the interior design principle "My Favorite Space" with harmonious, natural surfaces and technology that is kept discreetly out of sight and only becomes visible and operable when required by the driver or passengers. Stealing headlines outside the show floor was BMW Motorrad's self-riding BMW R 1200 GS motorbike, which wowed onlookers as it steered itself around the convention center's parking lot without falling over. Development of this test vehicle, with its comprehensive understanding of ideal lines and perfect cornering, correct braking point, and traction-optimized acceleration, can help the driver constantly improve their skills. BWM Group subsidiary Designworks unveiled a camper concept in partnership with e North Face to showcase a new fabric from e North Face called FUTURELIGHT, which uses nanospinning technology to create the world's most advanced, breathable, waterproof material. BYTON The Chinese electric car startup previewed the digital cockpit of the production version of its M-Byte SUV. BYTON's 48-inch, curved Shared Experience Display (SED) remains the world's largest in-car display for a production automobile. e user can interact with the SED via a seven-inch Driver Tablet positioned at the center of the steering wheel or an eight-inch Touch Pad between the driver and front passenger seats. e production version of the BYTON M-Byte is slated to debut in mid-2019, with mass- production starting at the end of the year. MERCEDES-BENZ The first Mercedes-Benz vehicle from the EQ brand—the EQC crossover SUV— celebrated its U.S. premiere. A pair of electric motors at the front and rear axles provides a combined output of 402 horsepower. The water- cooled onboard charger is suited for AC charging at home or at public charging stations. e MBUX Interior Assistant makes various comfort and functionality tools simpler and more intuitive. Making its first North American appearance, the Mercedes- Benz Vision URBANETIC concept is a driverless vehicle aimed at ride-hailing and delivery fleets. Switchable bodies on the autonomous driving platform can accommodate up to 12 passengers; in cargo configuration it is able to transport items on ten 40-by-48-inch pallets. NISSAN e all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, made its North American debut at Nissan's CES display. Two electric motors at opposite ends of the chassis, a new all-wheel-drive system, and a full carbon-fiber racing monocoque structure creates an optimal power-to-weight ratio with an impressive performance of zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. TOYOTA The Toyota Research Institute introduced the TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle, which is based on the fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship sedan. In a press release, Toyota stated that the P4 is a much smarter research vehicle than its predecessor, thanks to greater computing power, allowing its systems to operate more machine learning algorithms in parallel for faster learning. All computing system power is drawn from the vehicle's hybrid battery, with the 12v battery now serving only as a backup. sl BYTON M-Byte SUV prototype Nissan LEAF NISMO RC Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC Toyota TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle slmag.net 45

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