It’s day four of CES week and between concept vehicles, EVs, and autonomous tech, there has been a lot to take in. Our expert team has been working double-time to cover everything CES has to offer and we have no plan on slowing down until we’re on our return flights home!

Lets take a quick minute to talk about the announcements we’ve seen so far from the major OEM’s.

Car Makers dream of everything except cars:

This year we have seen some surprising OEM announcements. While some have announced new and innovative vehicles coming to market in the next year or two, others are taking a futuristic gamble. 

1. Hyundai is partnering with Uber to bring transportation from the roads to the skies with flying taxis. This concept is designed to fly up to 180 MPH and can carry four passengers for a range of approximately 80 miles.

SBD insight: While it may look awesome on the surface and bring tons of social media exposure, this is not just a random concept; this fits well into the story they are telling at their booth as their vision on the future of mobility. 

2. Toyota unveiled their plan to make the first fully connected smart city in order to test self-driving cars, AI robots, and other new tech in a controlled environment. The plan from Toyota is to build the city on a 175-acre site that was previously a factory and they have even said the city will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and rooftop solar panels making it 100% sustainable.

3. BMW has a new i3 urban suite concept revealed that they are marketing as a small mobile hotel room. From what we’ve seen from BMW, their new i3 replaces a large amount of the interior with a luxurious lounge seat and footrest, has a small table next to you for work and even a screen that flips down for watching a movie while on the go. We’re not exactly sure on the practical logistics just yet but we do know from BMW their idea is to “create an inviting space with a high feel-good factor in which to spend time”.

4. While Nissan has debuted their Ariya concept EV for the first time in the US at this year’s CES show, they have also brought with them a few other new interesting products. They have already talked before about their zero-emission ice cream van, and now the public is getting a real look at it in action at CES. Guests at their booth have the opportunity to try out the ice cream (pretty good!) and check out these new all-electric vans. Even more unexpected is their new ProPilot golf ball they have showcased at the booth. Using their similar ProPILOT 2.0 ADAS tech, Nissan has made a golf ball that will always find its way into the hole! Sensing technology overhead will look at the position of the ball compared to the hole and us a small electric motor to ensure the putt will stay on course until it drops in the hole.

MicroMobility Innovations taking us into the new decade:

  • iAV revealed their new Cargobike platform this week which could be a real game-changer for fleet solutions. The Cargobike on display was being demonstrated in the context of courier services (e.g. delivering mail). The Cargobike will be able to follow you door-to-door at your pace automatically. This allows, for example, those delivering mail in a neighborhood to simply peddle the bike to their route, get off and walk to each house without having to constantly get on and off the bike or push it yourself to each house.
  • Looking like something you’d see in a futuristic movie, Segway has unveiled their new S-Pod for mobility services. The S-Pod looks like a cross between a traditional Segway and a lounge chair. That’s right, instead of standing and riding you are sitting down in a padded comfortable chair and control movement through knobs on the armrests. The Segway S-Pod is capable of going up to 24 MPH and can travel about 40 miles on a single charge.
  • Simultaneously, Segway also announced their new Air T15 e-scooter which has an industry-first solution for cruise control. The T15 is a significant departure from previous models in that it doesn’t actually have a throttle, instead the user will kick the scooter to move like a traditional scooter. However, once moving, the e-scooter will monitor the road-conditions and friction resistance and will adjust your speed, so you travel at a constant rate, maintaining the speed unless the user kicks or drags their foot. 

SBD insight: Segway, Bosch, Honda and Toyota all had micro-mobility announcements relating to electric scooters and bicycles, as more companies look to tap into the growth of non-car city transportation. Interestingly, as Segway announced their cruise-controlled e-scooter, we are potentially seeing the very early stages of micro-mobility ADAS. 

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