This post was contributed by Michael Rand.
The 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) just wrapped up in Detroit, Michigan. Some of the biggest brands in the auto industry were there, revealing new technology innovations, the next generation of cars to hit the streets, and some fascinating concepts for future cars.
In case you missed the show, here are 5 car innovations from the NAIAS that might just change the way you drive.
1. Cadillac’s Electric SUV concept
General Motors recently revealed that Cadillac would become their “lead electric vehicle brand.” They put words into action at the NAIAS by unveiling their new, as-yet-unnamed electric SUV. The SUV is based on their BEV3 electric platform, which will lay the groundwork for several GM vehicles in the future.
Experts once believed that an electric motor wouldn’t have the power to move heavy trucks, SUVs, or even crossovers. But GM and other carmakers are quickly proving that assumption wrong.
2. Chinese automaker GAC’s Entranze
Chinese automaker GAC has been present at the NAIAS for the past 2 years now. By presenting a teaser of the Entranze crossover concept, they’ve finally committed to establishing a presence in the U.S. auto market. They hope to enter it officially by 2020.
The Entranze is a 7-seat, all-electric concept vehicle. It has a dashboard packed full of technology, including OLED screens, touch controls, and a built-in voice assistant.
Marketed as the “ultimate road trip vehicle,” it’s built for sustainability: over 90% of the vehicle’s interior components are made from environmentally sustainable materials.
3. Magneti Marelli’s Smart Corner Technology
Autonomous vehicle manufacturers still have some work to do to safeguard their vehicles against car accidents. Thankfully, autonomous driving technology, spurred by competition, is advancing at a rapid pace.
Magneti Marelli, an Italian company that manufactures high-tech parts for the automotive industry, revealed their “Smart Corner” technology at the 2019 NAIAS. This technology integrates autonomous sensors with vehicle headlights and tail lights.
Smart Corner can accommodate any type of sensor, including LIDAR, radar, adaptive driving beam (ADB) technology, and digital light processing (DLP) technology.
It creates a 360-degree view around the vehicle for maximum safety. It also simplifies and standardizes the manufacturing process for automakers so they can produce autonomous vehicles more rapidly.
4. Ainstein’s K-79 autonomous automotive imaging radar sensor
Continuing with the theme of self-driving cars, Ainstein, a radar-based sensing solution company, revealed a new imaging radar sensor that could make autonomous vehicles safer in the future.
The K-79 Autonomous Automotive Imaging Radar Sensor is the first commercial sensor that allows autonomous cars to operate safely in low-light, dust, and poor weather.
Though innovations like these don’t typically get the fanfare that new concept cars do, they could form the backbone of tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles.
5. Ford’s C-V2X system
If you’ve paid any attention to the telecom industry, you’ve likely heard a lot about 5G. Car-makers are on-board for the 5G revolution as well, and Ford Motors wants to lead the charge.
Beginning in 2022, Ford’s C-V2X 5G communication technology will be standard in the latest U.S. Ford models. The new vehicles will be able to communicate with systems around them, instantly relay information about road conditions to the driver, and harness cellular 5G networks to process excess data.