Volkswagen arguably couldn't have picked a better auto show to reveal its "extreme off-road" SUV than snow-filled Detroit in January. The new VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept may look like the Tiguan production car, but under the sheet metal is one of Volkswagen's most ambitious plug-in hybrid drivetrains so far, while on the inside there's a serious dashboard upgrade to be found.
The folks at Pioneer know exactly what it takes to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to in-car personalization. Not just in the way of making your seat warm when it's winter time - that's kids stuff. Here, at CES 2016, we've gotten the opportunity to have a look and feel at and with Pioneer's full collection of in-car goodies, culminating in a smart car system that provides custom tuned sounds, sights, and even smells for you personally.
The Volkswagen BUDD-e Concept overachieves in terms of wowing CES attendees with a vast range of cutting edge technologies and features. The small, crossover-like van - which will almost certainly never be built - is intended to showcase both the brand's upcoming electric vehicle plans, as well as its forays into comprehensive connectivity, the Internet of Things, and next-generation human-machine interface development.
CES is the Consumer Electronics Show but of late that has also included car makers. Automobile brands like BMW have wholeheartedly embraced consumer electronic technology, including mobile devices, in their drive, pun intended, to the future. At CES 2016, BMW is flaunting some of its ideas and prototypes not just for future cars but for future homes as well. Unsurprisingly, it's a future filled with all kinds of dynamic and interactive displays that can be controlled with the touch of a finger or, even better, a wave of a hand.
With CES 2016 rapidly approaching next week, BMW has gotten a jump on things and announced it will be showing off an advanced version of the gesture control tech demo it had last year. Dubbed AirTouch, the system basically turns the car's interior into a touchscreen, but one that doesn't need physical contact thanks to gesture-reading sensors. It's described as allowing control over many more functions than the current iteration available in BMW's 7 Series, which can only handle simple tasks like adjusting the volume.
Earthquakes can be scary, and we’re guessing this new bed concept can be, too. To keep you safe during an earthquake -- assuming you're snoozing when the event strikes -- the bed splits open horizontally, causing the mattress to fall in with the sleeper on top and their pillow and blankets if they're lucky. A mere few seconds later, the bed closes again, sealing the sleeper in a cocoon.
Avid bicyclists know that keeping tires inflated can be a chore if you have a slow leak. Ride to work in the morning and your tire might be fine and then it's flat when you are ready to ride home in the evening. An inventor called Benjamin Krempel has invented an intertube called the PumpTube that inflates itself as you ride.
The first time we caught a glimpse at the Toyota S-FR was back in October when the car was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show along with two other concepts. The original concept that Toyota unveiled might have been too cute for the enthusiasts and performance fans, but the latest version certainly looks meaner.
A big push is underway in all racing series where the drivers sit inside open cockpits to put a canopy over the driver to prevent debris from hitting them in the head. As such, some new concepts are turning up that have some of the traditional F1 designs with closed cockpits such as this concept from McLaren.