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Audi shows off new virtual dashboard concept and piloted features at CES

Auto companies – particularly German ones – are taking infotainment systems to the next level at this year's CES. Bosch has set the driver afloat in a sea of displays; BMW has updated its sporty i8 plug-in with next-gen screen technologies; and Volkswagen has revived the classic Microbus (sort of) to showcase its own ideas about the future of in-vehicle infotainment. Audi is getting in on the action with a new AMOLED-based virtual dashboard concept and also previews a few upcoming autonomous technologies.

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— Automotive

Bosch's smart car wraps the driver in digital displays

If CES concept cars are any reliable indication, the automobile interior is going to have a load of digital screen space in the future. Whether we're talking about the array of large displays in fully autonomous concepts like the 2015 Mercedes F 015 or the touchscreen controls of the 2015 VW Golf R Touch, concept car designers are showing little restraint in packing the car cabin with digital displays. Bosch's all-new, all-flashy CES 2016 show car offers yet another take on digital screen overload, presenting the driver with a full-length digital dashboard that bleeds into the doors and center console.

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Mitsubishi to show high-tech Emirai 3 concept cars in Tokyo

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation plans to highlight next-generation automotive technologies at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. It will show two related forward-looking concept cars, the Emirai 3 xDas and the Emirai 3 xAuto. The former packs a high-tech, multi-screen cockpit with next-generation human-machine interface, while the latter has a range of automated driving features.

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Quick look: Parrot drones and 'phones, screens and greens

Though it was surrounded by an absolute ocean of cool technology at the greater Consumer Electronics Show, French electronics manufacturer Parrot managed to stand out with the diversity and breadth of its booth. It showcased the latest drones, aftermarket vehicle infotainment systems, wireless sport-tracking headphones, and even a smart flower pot. Step through the door and experience Parrot's latest, most innovative products for yourself. Read More
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Renovo updates its electric Shelby with Nvidia-powered cockpit

California startup Renovo Motors showed off the ageless Shelby body and electric powertrain of its Renovo Coupe at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but it waited until this year's CES to open up the doors to the car's high-tech interior. Now that it has, it's put together all the pieces of an authentically-bodied Shelby with 500-hp electric powertrain and cutting-edge Nvidia Tegra X1-powered infotainment system ... a strange but alluring combination if ever there was one. Read More
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Pioneer's new infotainment systems first to feature Apple CarPlay

Apple's CarPlay announcement back in March would have certainly caught the attention of many iPhone-toting drivers. But with the system to be integrated only in selected vehicles, at least initially, it may have left many scratching their head with their free hand. Pioneer has now come to the party, launching three multimedia systems that can be fitted to any vehicle and feature Apple CarPlay to offer smartphone control from behind the wheel. Read More
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Volvo brings integrated connectivity and infotainment to its entire lineup

Volvo announced on Friday that it is offering its Sensus Connect infotainment and On-Call telematics systems and smartphone app standard on every US model, starting with the "2015.5" model year. It claims to be the first automaker to offer such a connected suite as standard across its range, bringing a host of cloud-powered features and services to drivers and passengers. Read More
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