CES 2014: BMW Self Drive Revealed

CES 2014 isn't just for technology firms like Sony and Google to showcase their future products, the car industry is also using the Las Vegas show to reveal a glimpse into the future of transport. BMW is always at the forefront of new technology so we are surprised that they are lagging behind Volvo with their Drive Me system and the Ford system we brought you late last year.

Their new self-drive system is in keeping with the sporting brand credentials that the German car maker has spent many decades building up so rather than sedately logging motorway miles or taking passengers on a road trip, the new BMW system is being show off with drifting power slides around the infield road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. BMW has modified a 2 Series and a 6 Series to showcase their new tech. A 360 degree radar, cameras and ultrasonic equipment combine to steer the cars in the right direction.

The autonomous driving system BMW are showing at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is just one such system being revealed at this year's CES. Japanese brand Toyota is also in on the act. Bosch, who are probably better known for making white goods, are also showing off new tech that will help that the pain out of driving. Their new device will allow you to park your car using a smartphone as the controller. This is the sort of technology that will make everyone’s life a little easier.

Self-driving cars aside, other manufacturers are using the show to bring technologies to the public. Ford’s new C-Max Solar combines hybrid power with a roof mounted solar panel that will charge the battery without affecting the environment. Ford has even developed a Fresnel lens that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun’s rays.

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