Next up: a subject near and dear to our hearts...cars! The truth is that TBG doesn't cover the automotive sector in any serious way. We don't aspire to be yet another site full of tech-geek writers spending a few minutes tooling around in sports cars pretending to be race car drivers (CNET and ArsTechnica, we love you, but seriously!).
So rather than wax poetic about all sorts of tech that we don't know all that much about, we'll just share a few photos we shot of some of our favorite cars on the show floor, each one with a special tech angle:
The 2016 Acura NSX
We snapped this shot during Press Day, before the show floor was officially open. One of the booth workers was busy polishing up the car for the showcase opening the next day. We actually don't know why the Acura NSX was being displayed at CES, but we know one thing: it's gosh-darn gorgeous! And as for tech, we love the fact that it's an all-wheel-drive hybrid electric, using motors up front and a gas engine in back to provide grip, power, and yes, even a touch of zero-emissions fun!
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt
OK, truth be told, this right here is the car we're most likely to actually own some day. The other cars on this page are cool, but this one's ground-breaking in way that really matters. Delivering a Tesla-level 200 miles on a charge at the $37,000 price point (before $7,5000 federal tax incentives), the Bolt EV is the car that will change the public's view on what an EV can do. The Nissan Leaf was nice, the Chevrolet Volt was a great compromise, and the Tesla is swell for those who can afford it, but the Bolt will put the beauty of electric drive within reach of just about anyone who's shopping for an everday automobile. Given our experience with the Volt, we can just about guarantee you that the Bolt will be fast, responsive, fun to drive, and utterly silent. Combustion-engined cars are so last century!
Honda Fuel Cell Vehicle
This is the only car on this list that doesn't really exist in any meaningful way. In fact, it wasn't even Honda displaying it, but rather one of its development partners building out the hydrogen fueling station infrastructure. In fact, this may well be a mockup, as the windows were blacked out in such a way as to suggest that it wasn't a fully-spec'd vehicle. But the car is so forward-thinking, so crucially important, that we include it here as a placeholder, representing what we hope will be on display ten years hence at CES and everywhere else. Combining the awesome driving characteristics of electric drive with the limitless potential of hydrogen fuel cells, this car represents the one thing that can save us from ourselves. Fueled off of nothing but pure hydrogen, ideally sourced from the splitting of water, and emitting nothing but that same bountiful and clean molecule, it represents the only long-term automotive future that makes any sense.
The McLaren 675LT JVC Kenwood Concept
We end with the what was likely the most precious (read: expensive) car on display. McLaren took its jaw-dropping, $350,000 McLaren 675LT and turned it into a showcase of tech. This concept vehicle borrows three elements of the CAROPTRONICS system from JVC KENWOOD. An all-in-one Head-Up Display (HUD) system with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) communicates information to the driver, using aerodynamic digital cameras that replace the optical side mirrors of the standard 675LT Coupe. The design of these electronic mirrors reduces weight and drag resistance. Also on board is DRVM, which replaces a conventional rear view mirror. The combination of three cameras, one on each side and one at the rear of the vehicle, offers a wider rear field of view. DRVM is effective at reducing blind spots thanks to high resolution imagery and optimization of the driver’s control.
Oh, did we mention that the 675LT looks awesome and packs in 666 horsepower? Sweet!