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Automakers will once again be making a big splash at CES this year.
Companies like Ford, Mercedes, BMW, and more are all planning to show off new automotive tech ranging from self-driving systems and electric cars to new user interfaces inside the vehicles.
In total, some nine automotive manufacturers, 11 tier-one auto suppliers and more than 300 vehicle tech-related exhibitors will be in attendance at the massive tech conference.
Here’s a breakdown of the car tech we can’t wait to see at CES 2017:
Ford plans to debut its new autonomous test vehicle.
Ford announced in late December that it would debut its next-generation Fusion hybrid autonomous vehicle at CES.
The new vehicle, which will be used in Ford’s test fleet, will feature more processing power and new hardware, including improved lidar sensors with a sleek design that makes them less obvious.
Ford also plans to share what’s next for SYNC, the company’s infotainment system.
BMW plans to show off its new HoloActive Touch system.
BMW plans to debut a new user interface concept for the interior of the car called the HoloActive Touch system at the show.
The system is a virtual “free floating” display that’s controlled via finger gestures, not a touchscreen.
Mercedes will have its all-electric SUV called the EQ on display.
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Mercedes first unveiled its Concept EQ at the Paris Motor Show in September. The company plans to launch a production version of the vehicle in 2019, but Mercedes claims the concept is a “close-to-production vehicle.”
The EQ features a range of 310 miles per charge and a large 24-inch display that sprawls across the dashboard.
Mercedes will also show off its electric Vision Van.
In September, Mercedes revealed its bizarre-looking delivery van dubbed the Vision Van.
The all-electric Vision Van has a number of high-tech features including a drone on top that automatically fetches and delivers packages, an automated cargo space that loads packages, and a telematics systems that can share the status of a parcel with the distribution center.
It also has an all-electric range of 168 miles per charge.
The electric car startup Faraday Future will debut its first production car.
- Faraday Future
The LA-based startup showed off its first concept car at CES last year, but this year it will show off its first production model.
The secretive car company plans to reveal the vehicle Tuesday evening at a press event.
Nissan is rumored to unveil a new electric vehicle.
Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn will deliver the keynote at the conference on Thursday.
It’s speculated he will announce either the next-generation Nissan Leaf, or an all-new electric vehicle with a range exceeding 200 miles per charge.
The company will likely also showcase improved self-driving technology.
Toyota will unveil a concept car showcasing a new user interface.
Not many details about Toyota’s new concept car have been shared, but the company said in a press statement that the vehicle will highlight “the critical importance of UX in the development of highly automated vehicles and robots.”
The company is also expected to share its plans for the connected vehicles and telematics systems.
You can watch Toyota’s press conference here via livestream on Wednesday.
Fiat Chrysler will show off its new 2017 Pacifica minivan hybrid.
FCA plans to hold it first-ever press conference at CES this year where it will show off its all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid.
In December, FCA announced it was building 100 special models of the new Pacifica for Waymo, which was formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project. These vehicles, though, have Waymo’s self-driving tech built into them so they can be used in a test fleet setting.
The new hybrid gets 30 miles of all-electric range and 530 miles of total range.
FCA will also show off its fourth-generation car connectivity system, Uconnect. You can view the press conference on Wednesday via livestream here.
Hyundai will have a new self-driving prototype on display.
Hyundai will showcase an autonomous prototype of its Ioniq vehicle.
What’s most notable about the prototype is that it looks just like a normal vehicle. Most fully autonomous vehicles have obvious sensors placed on top of and around the car. But Hyundai’s self-driving prototype looks just like a regular Ioniq because the sensors are hidden.
Hyundai first introduced the autonomous Ioniq at the LA Auto Show in November, but the company plans to have two of the vehicles at CES for media rides up and down the boulevards of Las Vegas.