Countless new innovations and reinspired ideas have come from the Consumer Electronics Show this week, among them many new implementations of technology in the automotive industries.
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Mercedes-Benz became the first manufacturer to reveal a concept designed specifically for the CES during Dr. Dieter Zetsche’s keynote address, and Audi did the same just minutes later with their Prologue. Audi has revealed their latest developments in infotainment and autonomous driving, with each new technology working toward the same goal: complete integration of connectivity and a convenient, seamlessly wireless experiences.
Their innovation introductions began after completing a 560 mile drive from San Bernadino to Las Vegas in “Jack,” the A7 piloted driving concept. A press release Jan. 6 from Audi described the success of this historic drive, which was completed in 100 mile stints. From there, they focused on a car’s communication with its surroundings for CES.
“Focus topics include piloted driving, new Audi connect solutions, new infotainment modules, control and display concepts and new developments in lighting technology,” described a second Jan. 6 release. Through the debut of the Q7 and the new TT, they displayed many of these new infotainment features, including wireless charging for phones, touchscreen control panels and keyless entry using a smartphone or smartwatch.
New devices were created to accompany these new processes, including the Audi Smartwatch and the Audi Tablet, which will provide rear-seat entertainment in the Q7.
The brand with four rings brought four other cars to the show to round out their display: the standard TT Roadster, the RS 7 Sportback, the R8 LMX and the prologue piloted driving showcar, which, like the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Research Vehicle, was purpose-built for the event.
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