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“Hey, Mercedes!” German Maker Lets You to Have a Conversation With Your Car

New user experience will use natural speech, 3D graphics.

by on Jan.10, 2018

Global Design Director Gorden Wagener talks about the advantages of the company's new MBUX infotainment system.

Most of today’s cars are now equipped with voice recognition systems that can be used to pair a phone, change the radio station or enter a destination. But the systems are often balky and require motorists to learn arcane commands.

Mercedes-Benz says it will make the process easier, more intuitive and more accurate with the debut of its new MBUX infotainment platform, a technology senior officials not-so-modestly dubbed a “revolution” during its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Set to debut on the next-generation A-Class model next month, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience will let you have “the best conversation you’ve ever had with a car,” said Ola Kallenius, a board member with Mercedes’ parent, Daimler AG.

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The new system is more in line with new voice assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. MBUX can recognize more conventional speech and even figure out that when you ask if you can wear flip-flops to the beach tomorrow that you actually want to know what the weather will be like. (more…)

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Creates $1 Bil Venture Fund

“We can’t everything ourselves,” says Ghosn.

by on Jan.10, 2018

The new fund is expected to invest about $200 million annually in new technology and services.

The Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance will invest around $1 billion over the next five years to help it fund start-ups and other small tech companies that can help it bring to market electrified, connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn announced Tuesday.

The corporate venture capital, or CVC, fund is intended not only to give the Franco-Japanese alliance access to potentially breakthrough technology but to help it make decisions more quickly than is normally the case for a big corporation, Ghosn said during a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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“We can do everything ourselves,” explained the Brazilian-born executive. “We have to get access to people who think about things in different ways.”

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Toyota Connects With Alexa Voice Assistant

Goal is to seamlessly integrate technology into all aspects of life.

by on Jan.10, 2018

Toyota's Zack Hicks explains how Toyota Connected will use Amazon's Alexa to supplement its system already in place.

Amazon’s personal voice assistant, Alexa, is showing up in a lot of places at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, including the Toyota stand, the Japanese automaker the latest to integrate the virtual reality technology into its vehicles.

In the coming months, the automaker announced Monday, it will begin offering access to Alexa on “select” Toyota and Lexus models, and the plan is to expand the line-up over the coming years.

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“Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go,” said Zack Hicks, the head of Toyota Connect, the Japanese automaker’s data and digital services subsidiary. (more…)

Kia Niro EV Set to Deliver Tesla-Like Range

Production model joins Kia hybrid and plug-in later this year.

by on Jan.09, 2018

The Kia Niro EV will be available later this year and boasts range comparable to the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

Late to the “eco” party, Kia is rushing to catch up, revealing the new member of its Niro family during a preview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Like much of the Korean carmaker’s current line-up, the new EV features stand-out styling – while not opting for the sci-fi look that many competitors have adopted for their own battery-based models. Instead, the Kia Niro EV is designed to address several problems that have put off many potential battery-car buyers: range and charging times.

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The production version of the Niro EV, which will reach showrooms later this year, will deliver an estimated 238 miles per charge, roughly the same as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and more than the Tesla Model 3. Meanwhile, using a Level 3 charger, the Korean electric vehicle will be able to extend its range by 115 miles in 30 minutes. (more…)

Hyundai Nexo Will Deliver 370 Miles on Tank of Hydrogen

Fuel-cell vehicle features auto parking and hints of autonomous features to come.

by on Jan.09, 2018

Hyundai introduced the new Nexo fuel-cell electric with Aurora CEO Chris Urmson, left, and Ki Sang-Lee, Hyundai vice president.

Five years after launching its first hydrogen car, Hyundai is ready to take things a big step forward, unveiling the new Nexo fuel-cell vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Nexo is the latest in the wave of “eco” vehicles from the South Korean carmaker, a list that will include a mix of 18 hybrids, plug-ins, pure battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen cars by 2025. Sibling brand Kia will share the underlying fuel-cell system for a new model of its own before the end of the decade.

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Following up on the 2013 debut of the original Hyundai Tucson FCV, “we’re ready to showcase how far our fuel-cell technology has come,” said Hyundai Senior Vice President Ki Sang-Lee said during a roll-out of the Nexo at CES. (more…)

Hyundai Hitting Market with Autonomous Fuel Cell Vehicle This Year

New FCEV can travel 370 miles and park itself.

by on Jan.08, 2018

Hyundai revealed its second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle at CES 2018, the NEXO.

Hyundai finally revealed the name for its next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, Nexo, at CES 2018, after it gave the world a look at the crossover late last week, but provided no details.

Nexo not only comes equipped with a revolutionary propulsion system, it also gets the South Korean automakers intelligent Advanced Driver Assistance System, which Hyundai calls “a glimpse at the future of transportation.”

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“The zero-emission FCEV runs on hydrogen and proves that even an eco-friendly powertrain can fully support the energy demands of autonomous driving,” officials say in a statement. (more…)

Toyota Paints the Future of Mobility With e-Palette Concept

“A multi-purpose moving space.”

by on Jan.08, 2018

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda introduces the company's new e-Palette battery-electric van at CES 2018.

Think of the concept vehicle Toyota unveiled at CES Monday as something of a blank canvas. The e-Palette can serve as anything from a driverless ride-sharing vehicle to an automated delivery van – even a mobile store where commuters can shop on their way to work.

The battery-drive prototype will make the transition from concept to reality two years from now when Toyota puts several versions of the e-Palette into service during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And the giant automaker has already signed up several e-commerce partners, including Amazon, Pizza Hut and the ride-sharing service Uber.

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Think of e-Palette as a “multi-purpose moving space,” said Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota Motor Corp. and grandson of its founder. “Every e-Palette can be reconfigured for different purposes within a single day.” (more…)

CES Focus Shifts From Smartphones, Smart TVs to Smart Cars

“The potential applications of...technology are incredible."

by on Jan.08, 2018

A Nissan engineer monitors a volunteer's brain activity while testing new brain-to-vehicle software.

Anyone who has driven a relatively recent-vintage vehicle has probably experienced the benefits – and occasional snags – of using voice control to plug in a destination, dial a call or change the radio station. But Nissan’s IMx concept vehicle aims to take things a step further. It uses brain-to-vehicle technology to respond to what the driver is thinking.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” helping motorists relax more while driving, while also improving vehicle safety, said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan.

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While you’re not likely to see Nissan’s B2V technology wind up in showrooms for at least five to 10 more years, the automaker plans to demonstrate its potential during the CES show in Las Vegas next week. And Nissan won’t be alone. Formerly known as the Consumer Electronic Show, the annual gathering traditionally focused on gizmos and gadgets, smartphones, TVs, computers and drones. But over the last few years, it has become a showcase for the auto industry, as well.

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Hyundai Fuel Cell Concept Hitting CES Stage

No name for the FCEV concept, possible Tucson replacement?

by on Jan.04, 2018

Hyundai will reveal the name of this FCEV crossover next week at CES.

The stages are going to be crowded with automakers at next week’s CES show as Hyundai has added its name to the list of makers looking to make splash.

The South Korean maker plans show a new fuel cell electric vehicle in Las Vegas that utilizes the company’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies. Not only will we learn more about the vehicle, we’ll actually learn its name as well.

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The new fuel cell EV is the newest edition to the Hyundai’s eco-vehicle portfolio and it will help to fulfill Hyundai’s vision to offer clean mobility to the world. (more…)

Toyota Rolling Out New Version of Autonomous Car at CES

Platform 3.0 uses 360-degree Lidar system.

by on Jan.04, 2018

Toyota plans to debut its updated autonomous vehicle, Platform 3.0, at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Toyota Research Institute will unveil the latest iteration of its automated driving research vehicle, Platform 3.0, at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.

The Japanese automaker has concentrated much of its work on autonomous vehicles within the institute, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is west of Detroit. The most substantial improvement in the new model is the Lidar usage.

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Prior to this, the vehicle’s Luminar Lidar system only scanned 200 yards in front of the car, but now it offers 360-degree coverage, a critical upgrade to move closer to Level 5 autonomy. (more…)