The showroom floors at CES 2020 were a dazzling display of the latest advancements and possibilities in mobility tech. Smart Cities Dive rounded up six solutions and products that could disrupt the automotive industry and the ways that people (or their robots) move around cities.
Bell Nexus 4EX
Bell showcased its Nexus 4EX aircraft, featuring "four tilting ducted fans" that can be hybrid-electric or fully electric. The company also revealed its vision for the smart city ecosystem, including its mobility as a service (MaaS) plans, demonstrating how to integrate MaaS into cities and "make on-demand air mobility available to everyone," according to a company statement.
Honda's Augmented Driving Concept
Honda revealed to the world its Augmented Driving Concept, a solution that seamlessly transitions from autonomous to semi-autonomous driving. The concept also embraces autonomy and the ways that customers can "enjoy mobility... when freed from the responsibility of driving."
Mobileye's tech demo
Intel's Mobileye showed off a detailed look at EyeQ5, its latest generation chip, and its future plans for robotaxis and the AV market. During his annual CES address, Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua went "under the hood" of Mobileye's computer vision and called for increased transparency from tech companies developing autonomous driving solutions.
Toyota's ePalete, Micro-Palette and battery-electric vehicle concepts
Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype of its fully connected, futuristic "Woven City," a 175-acre area at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, at CES. The company featured the various mobility vehicles that could be used throughout the city, including a battery electric vehicle designed for MaaS applications; an autonomous delivery robot; and a robot created to "support basic needs," according to the company announcement.
Hyundai Mobis M. Vision S
Hyundai Mobis showcased M. Vision S, its autonomous mobility concept for cities. The concept is "for urban sharing based on autonomous driving, connectivity and electrification technology," according to the company.
Hyundai and Uber's flying car concept
Hyundai and Uber have plans to collaborate on an electric air taxi service as part of Uber's Elevate program. The duo unveiled their electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle, which is fully electric and includes capacity for up to four passengers and a pilot.