Biggest Automotive Announcements from CES 2022

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Continuing the topsy-turvy tradition of CES 2021, this year’s CES ran as a hybrid trade show that included both in-person events in Las Vegas and virtual sessions. 

It wouldn’t be CES without the latest in automotive technology, and this year’s show is no different. CES 2022 has it all, from more giants throwing their hats in the ring to high-speed autonomous car racing.

Here are the biggest announcements in the automotive sector from CES 2022:

BMW’s innovative color-changing paint tech

The CES concept version of the BMW iX has a one-of-a-kind trick: it can change its paint job at the press of a button. The car’s surface has been coated with E-ink — the same technology that powers your Kindle’s display — allowing it to rapidly flip between three colors: white, black, and grey.

Motorola MA1’s wireless auto tech

With the exception of a few automobile models, Android Auto is still caught in the wired era. Motorola’s latest automobile accessory is here to offer assistance. It’s a simple USB dongle that acts as a link between your phone and your car’s wired Android Auto system. Instead of using the car, you can simply link your phone to the dongle through Bluetooth and use Android Auto wirelessly.

Sony’s focus on EV 

Sony revealed not only a product but a new division of the corporation called Sony Mobility, which will focus on developing commercial electric vehicles. In addition to the Sony Vision-S car it unveiled last year, the electronics powerhouse unveiled a new SUV prototype model named the Sony Vision-S SUV this time. The focus of Sony’s appeal was on safety. President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said, “A total of 40 sensors are installed inside and outside the vehicle to monitor safety.”

Mercedes’ next-gen electric car with 1,000km range (longest)

It’s difficult to look away from Mercedes’ stunning new Vision EQXX concept car. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The automaker claims it is the world’s longest-range electric car, with a range of 621 miles on a single charge. Mercedes claims that enhanced aerodynamics and a lightweight design, rather than a bigger battery, are responsible for the increased efficiency.

High-speed autonomous Motor Speedway at CES

On January 7, a swarm of race cars will slam into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, and none of them will be driven by a person. They’ll be competing in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, which pits university teams from all around the world against one another. The event will be broadcast live, and you can watch it on the official website or on Twitch.

GM set to unveil Chevy Silverado EV line

The Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, one of the most popular automobiles in the US, is receiving an electric makeover. The automaker debuted the Silverado EV at CES 2022. It has a range of 400 miles on a single charge and has a 0-60 mph pace of 4.5 seconds, with 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque.

The Chevy Silverado EV pickup truck range was unveiled by General Motors. Though details are kept under wraps thus far, it is will be similar to the non-EV Silverado variants.

The talk around Ultra Cruise, the next stage beyond Super Cruise, was even more fascinating. Even on local roads, this will allow for full hands-free driving. When it debuts in 2023, the Cadillac Celestiq will be the first vehicle to do so.

And, that’s a wrap!

The all-time famous CES in Las Vegas for 2022, was hoping to reunite tech enthusiasts in shoulder-to-shoulder showrooms for in-person demos and keynotes. Therefore, CES 2022 was dominated by electric vehicle announcements, showcasing how the next generation of automobiles, SUVs, and motorbikes are driving innovation in a variety of fields.

Smriti Rajan
Smriti Rajan comes from a political science and literature background, having an immense passion for writing across varied topics. She has written several articles and blogs for diverse audiences worldwide. She has produced several research publications, policy frameworks, and opinion pieces for think tanks, government institutions and corporates. Alongside this, she writes for a large Fortune 500 clientele and is a key contributing writer for Wikistrat on their EMEA desk. Currently, she resides in India.

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