CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is probably the most influential tech event in the world. While innovations of all sorts are featured during the exhibition, most fans are interested in one thing only: the cars. Every year, manufacturers from around the globe present their most innovative concept cars to the motoring world and 2022 was a doozy.
Mercedes-Benz’s new concept Vision EQXX car is not only a performance masterpiece – it boasts a claimed 1000kms of range from its battery pack. The battery pack is lighter and nearly half the size of the one in the EQS, with an innovative air-cooling system to reduce the stress on the cells. While EQXX probably won’t hit the mass market, elements will make it to production in 2024.
Personalisation has been another popular theme at CES for a number of years, but BMW takes it to the next level with the iX Flow, a colour-changing car that uses an e-paper wrap that can switch from black to white to match your mood. Additional colours will be added in the future.
Bakkies are becoming more popular – nearly one in four new vehicles sold in 2021 were pickups! Chevrolet based their new bakkie on the skateboard-platform, unibody shape of the Hummer EV Pickup, reminiscent of the Chevrolet Avalanche. This all-electric pickup will debut in 2023.
While this isn’t strictly part of the coolest car category, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis offers OEM clients cloud-connected platforms accessible via an innovative cockpit infotainment system. This digital cockpit will soon be integrated into Volvo, Honda and Renault offerings.
GM’s Cadillac Innerspace looks like it came straight from a sci-fi movie. This electric-powered sedan is fully autonomous, with a wraparound LED screen in the front that can play movies or relaxing scenery. The car will also recognise the passenger’s voice the moment they approach the doors.