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Toyota says it will introduce a hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in 2015.

Toyota says it will introduce a hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in 2015.

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, several automakers and industry suppliers showcased new technology that we can expect to see infiltrate the market in the coming months and years.

With the help of CNET’s great coverage of the entire show, we honed in on the automotive applications introduced, and picked out our five favorites.

Here they are:

Driverless Cars

We’ve been kicking around cars operating on auto-pilot for a long time. How great will it be to answer emails and text messages or read the newspaper during your morning commute? But instead of simply unleashing a bunch of self-driving cars, the industry appears poised to systematically unveil and implement individual autonomous features piece by piece.

Read much more here, and be sure to check out BWM’s automated high performance display.

Ford Introduces Brake Detection System

The Blue Oval guys have introduced auto-stopping technology designed to help drivers prevent frontal collisions. A dream for everyone who loves texting while driving. To learn more, watch CNET’s video here.

Smart Phone-Controlled Parking

Valeo, a supplier of various automotive equipment to automakers, showcased driverless self-parking technology that could be initiated via smart phone or key fob. The company says they can also have the car start and drive itself to you. Like an automated (and free) valet system. Cool.

You can learn more here.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Even though Toyota introduced the technology at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, CES represented the North American debut of the technology. Toyota says hydrogen-powered vehicles will be released in 2015. The car, officials say, can travel 300 miles on one tank of fuel. Fill-up time is three to five minutes. And the car will go 0-60 in about 10 seconds. Pretty impressive for a zero-emissions car.

Read the CNET story here, and watch a video here.

New Garmin Nuvi Features Wireless Backup Camera

Backup cameras are nice—particularly for large trucks, vans and SUVs. While many newer vehicles have rear-facing backup cameras installed, there are infinitely more vehicles that don’t. Garmin launched a new 7-inch screen with a wireless rear-facing camera to serve as your backup camera. We think this is a good idea. Read more from CNET here.

 

 

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