Innovations from the 2015 CES

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Innovations from the 2015 CES


The International Consumer Electronics show or CES is an annual trade show that features the latest trends in gadgets and consumer electronics. As the technology in modern cars becomes increasingly sophisticated every year, it's only natural that some of the biggest highlights from this year's show showcase the latest high-tech car features coming our way. Here are some of the most interesting car innovations coming our way in a not-too-distant future.

* SELF-DRIVING CARS

Like a scene from some futuristic science fiction movie, autonomous cars are closer than you think. While we're still a ways off from cars rendering drivers obsolete, we'll be seeing cars slowly gaining autonomous features within the next decade. Adaptive cruise control will turn into a feature that drives your car for you in traffic jams, lane-keeping alerts will evolve into the car actually maintaining the lane for you, and assisted parking will become fully autonomous parking.

One thing is certain: every car company's R&D department is looking into their own version of autonomous driving right now, and it's only a matter of time until we start to see some these features for ourselves.

* LASER LIGHTS

Already found in their BMW i8 supercar, BMW featured their new lighting technology on a concept version of the M4. The BMW M4 Iconic Lights uses lasers to project the main beam 600 meters down the road, which is twice as far as conventional headlights. The system comes with a "Selective Beam" feature that cuts some of the light to prevent blinding oncoming traffic, as well as "Dynamic Light Spot" which indicates whether gaps in the road are safe enough to cross and automatically highlights animals or pedestrians up to 100 meters away if the system thinks they're a potential road hazard.

* ANDROID AUTO / APPLE CARPLAY

With Google and Apple dominating pretty much the entirety of smartphone users, car manufacturers have slowly developed systems for cars to interact with the technology that smartphones bring. …

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