Who knew this day would come. The day that many automakers would show off their futuristic auto technology at somewhere else other than a tried-and-true auto show like in Detroit or Los Angeles.
These days, many of those debuts are going down at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas – which this year became more an auto show than ever.
Ford used the event to announce that it is tripling its autonomous Fusion force in 2016, plus it’s working with Amazon to connect Smart Home technology to your car. It also announced a developer challenge to build an app that allows a drone to take off and land from the back of a moving F-Series truck.
Volkswagen debuted its new version of the Microbus. It’s dubbed BUDD-e, the e for electric. It’s just a concept, but VW says it’s a sign of things to come. It’s also based on the automaker’s all-new Modular Electric Platform designed for plug-in vehicles. The inside is pretty wild, too.
Chevrolet stole the show on Wednesday when it revealed the production model Bolt. When you think about it, we really didn’t have to wait too long because the big reveal is less than a year after Chevy first debuted the concept.
The 2017 Chevy Bolt is really an electric car for the masses. It will sell for about $30,000 after tax rebates, which is much cheaper than say the Tesla Model S. It will go into production later this year. You can find a list of all of its technology here.
Finally, here’s a look at some other concepts from Audi, Bentley, Toyota, Faraday Future, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz. Some are definitely far out there in the styling department. The big focus was on autonomous cars, connectivity and electrification.