Unwanted sound in a car cabin caused by driving over rough roads, pot-holes, grooved concrete or uneven pavements can be annoying for drivers and passengers. That’s why Bose is introducing new technology that uses a combination of accelerometers, microphones, and the vehicle’s audio system to electronically control unwanted sound.

“For years, we’ve been asked why we can’t simply adapt our noise cancelling headphone technology to vehicle cabins for a quieter driving experience,” says John Feng, manager, Bose Automotive, Active Sound Management Solutions. “But we know it’s much more difficult to control noise in a large space like a car cabin compared to the relatively small area around your ears. However, through research advances and our relentless efforts to solve tough problems, we’ve achieved a level of road noise reduction that sets Bose apart from competitive offerings.”

Bell Helicopter has revealed the design and technical details of it vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle at CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system.

“As space at the ground level becomes limited, we must solve transportation challenges in the vertical dimension – and that’s where Bell’s on-demand mobility vision takes hold. The industry has anticipated the reveal of our air taxi for some time, so Bell is very proud of this moment. We believe the design, taken with our strategic approach to build this infrastructure, will lead to the successful deployment of the Bell Nexus to the world,”  says Mitch Snyder, Bell’s CEO.

Intel and Warner Bros. are demonstrating immersive entertainment in an autonomous driving world with a concept car at CES 2019. The car transports guests to Gotham City, home to DC’s most popular super hero, Batman. The interior of AV, a retrofitted 2019 BMW X5, is equipped with a large-screen TV, projectors, mobile devices; plus sensory and immersive audio to bring passengers on a virtual ride. What’s more, it’s moderated by Batman’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennywort.

Staying with all things immersive. In the future, backseat passengers will be able to use in-car VR experience for movies, games and interactive experiences. That’s the vision of Audi which is demonstrating its immersive technology at CES. The company says its technology takes up the action in movie scenes and translates it into real vehicle movements.

In order to establish this new form of entertainment on the market as quickly as possible, Audi has co-founded a start-up named holoride GmbH, in which it holds a minority interest.

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In other CES news, Visteon is offering a glimpse into the smart, digital cockpit of the future (see above). Its solution includes an in-vehicle conversational smart assistant using AI for voice recognition.

“The shift toward electric cars and improved automated driving technology is an opportunity to rethink the cockpit in terms of how drivers and passengers interact with the vehicle and their surroundings,” said Visteon President and CEO Sachin Lawande. “As vehicles become more automated, there is a need for fresh approaches to the human-machine interface in the cockpit – to ensure control can shift safely and seamlessly between the driver and the vehicle, and to keep occupants informed, engaged and entertained.”

Hyundai has now released a video and further details of of its new concept vehicle called the Elevate (see above). The company says it’s the first Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV), blending technology found in electric cars and robots, will allows it to traverse terrain beyond the limitations of even the most capable off-road vehicle.

“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete,” says John Suh, Vice President and Head of Hyundai CRADLE.

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Meanwhile, Germany’s ZF has unveiled a steering wheel and pedal-free robo-taxi at CES 2019. Users can hail the taxi using their smartphone or tablet and it will maneuver autonomously to pick them up. It can then chauffeur them to where they wish to go.  The vehicle sensors  includes radar, camera and LiDAR systems to help detect its environment.

Torsten Gollewski, head of Advanced Engineering at ZF says: “Our flexible and modular system solutions are not only attractive for conventional car manufacturers, but also for new companies entering the mobility market.”

Germany’s BMW will present a range of innovations in automated driving and intelligent connectivity designed for a more personalised driving experience (see above).   It says it will be revealing a vision of an interior whose architecture and user interface are adapted for fully automated driving on board a vehicle that is integrated into the driver’s digital life.  The driver assistance systems will include control and display systems such as the Head-Up Display, voice control and gesture control.

Continental is promising to demonstrate its intelligent intersection pilot. A three-dimensional view of the intersection, displayed using augmented reality, will let visitors experience data feeds from traffic at the junction.

The project makes it possible to warn an oncoming driver about a crossing pedestrian outside the driver’s line of sight. Its data can also be used to control signal changes, streamlining traffic and reducing emissions and idling time at intersections. Additionally, it enables the collection of information and statistics from intersections which can then be used for traffic flow, safety and environmental improvements.

“Like Continental, Walnut Creek prioritizes safety, efficiency, and accessibility for its road users. The city has high vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and a longstanding focus on transportation innovation, creating a perfect environment for piloting our Intelligent Intersection technology,” explains Jeremy McClain, Director of Systems & Technology, Continental North America.

For those of you more concerned about more prosaic matters, Bosch will be showing off its keyless smartphone app for cars. It’s a virtual key stored in a smartphone. Sensors installed in the car recognize the owner’s smartphone as securely as a fingerprint and open the vehicle only for them.

Keep checking out Auto Futures for all of the latest news, images and analysis of the hot topics at this years’s CES 2019.