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 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

When we got our first look at the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept , our nerdy senses started to tingle, as we imagined all the possibilities of these tiny, yet powerful lights making their way into production cars. Well, Audi boss Rupert Stadler confirmed that these lights will indeed make their way into production, like with the 2015 BMW i8 , but not any time in the near future in the U.S. at least.

Unfortunately, we have this little agency called the NHTSA that has to approve all new automotive technology before an automaker can fit it on vehicles, and it has yet to even consider this technology for U.S.-bound vehicles. In fact, the NHTSA still has to make a final ruling on Audi’s LED Matrix Display headlights, which we saw on the upcoming 2015 Audi A8 , so we suggest not holding your breath on the Audi’s Laserlight setup just yet.

What’s more, this also brings into focus the fact that though the i8 will have these lights as an option, they will likely not be made available in the U.S. in time for its release later this year. Talk about a total buzz kill...

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight

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BMW came to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with two prototypes2 Series and 6 Series — equipped with all kinds of automated driving technology. Offered with the ConnectedDrive nomenclature, these two cars are the company’s attempt to develop autonomous-driving prototypes.

The two prototypes are equipped with BMW ActiveAssist, which "will make a significant contribution to bringing the vision of safe and accident-free mobility another step closer to reality."

BMW has been working on this ActiveAssist system for long time now, and in 2009, it unveiled its first Track Trainer research project that it successfully tested around the Nürburgring race track. Then, in 2011, BMW developed a new test vehicle capable of traveling 40 miles of accelerating, braking and overtaking other cars without any driver intervention at speeds of up to 81 mph.

Updated 1/7/2014 @ 3:30 p.m.: BMW just released a video showing the s Series ConnectedDrive getting its track shakedown on. Needless to say, watching this Bimmer drift itself is freaking awesome!

Now BMW announced that it is working on its first fleet trial of highly automated models and hope to have it ready for 2015. Also, starting in 2020, BMW hopes to offer highly automated driving in series-produced vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new ConnectedDrive technology.

When Audi teased that it would introduce a "mysterious world premier" at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show this January, it made mention of practically nothing, leaving the constant speculation to all of us and ruining our holidays altogether.

Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but a lot of us publicly wondered what Audi was going to bring to CES in Las Vegas. But the answer to that question may have finally arrived in the form of a new concept that’s not really all that new except for a new technology that could reshape the way Audis are built in the near future.

The concept’s name is the Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept and as its name suggests, it carries the new laser lights technology that seems to be gripping the auto industry these days.

The concept’s exterior looks are pretty similar to the Sport Quattro Concept that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, and the real hook of this new prototype is well and truly without debate.

It’s the dawn of the laser lights and Audi is showcasing, through this concept, that it has no problem pioneering it the same way it did those LEDs, which seems outdated now by comparison to those lasers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept

BMW i3

Everybody has gotten to see the 2015 BMW i3 in all of its glory either in person or here at TopSpeed, but few have actually gotten behind the wheel of this peppy little electric hatchback. That’ll all come to an end when the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off, as BMW will offer test drives of its electric hatchback at CES, starting Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Silver Lot 3.

In addition to giving prospective buyers the chance to get behind the wheel of the i3, BMW will also reveal official details on its highly automated driving project. Very few details are currently available, but we suspect this will be linked in with the i3 in some manner, maybe a partially automated version of the new model to show off what BMW has in place so far.

Automated driving is the next big step in the automotive world, as Google and GM are already each in the thick of testing their respective automated driving systems. To date, the closest you can come to automated driving is the lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control found on higher end cars. Future driving automation will likely eliminate all human input, with exception to emergency situations where a human has to override a faulty system.

We’ll keep a close eye on what Bimmer is rolling out at CES, and we’ll update you as soon as the details are available.

Click past the jump to see a video of a legally blind man "driving" Google’s automated Prius and to see the full test drive schedule for the i3

Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with smartwatch company, Pebble, to create what the former is calling a chance to "develop innovative integrated applications" for the Pebble smartwatch. It’s not the kind of collaboration that you normally see between a car manufacturer and a timepiece company because there’s really no special-edition watch that Pebble will release in its partnership with Mercedes.

Instead, Mercedes and Pebble are creating a system that will allow the German automaker to integrate its DigitalDriveStyle app with a number of Pebble smartwatches, which will allow users to integrate their watches with their Mercedes vehicles.

The full scope of features will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, but early hints coming from Mercedes suggests that users can do an assortment of things with the Pebble smartwatches, including getting important information like fuel levels, door-lock status and vehicle locations from their watches by just glancing at it. Another unique feature of the integrated system is that it’s capability to alert drivers of any upcoming obstacles on the road, including accidents and road construction.

It’s a cool new technological device that we’re curious to see at CES this January. Hopefully, this partnership bears fruit for Mercedes and Pebble smartwaches in the future.

Click past the jump to read about Mercedes’ latest hot-ticket vehicle and one car that could benefit from this collaboration the CLA-Class

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t exactly the kind of show you go to just to check out what new automotive goodies are ripe to receive our undivided attention. But every so often, an automaker makes waves for one reason or another and at the 2014 CES, Audi is preparing to host a mysterious world premiere that’s leaving a lot of us with more questions than answers.

Could it be an actual car? That’s the million-dollar question right there and one that we’re dying to get the answer to as soon as possible.

But even with the anxiety of not knowing what Audi has up its sleeve at CES 2014, we can take comfort knowing that the German automaker has more presentations for the event, including new assistance systems, a virtual cockpit and an MMI concept that the company proclaims as being capable of making operations "faster, simpler, and safer".

Those presentations are enough for us to keep an eye out on Audi when CES 2014 opens its doors on January 7th, 2014. And we’re not even talking about this mysterious world premiere that we’re just dying to see.

Click past the jump to read more about what Audi showcased at CES 2013 earlier this year

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t exactly known for delivering a plethora of automotive goodies for our undivided attention. In fact, this major technology-related trade show has presented some of the greatest tech products such as this year’s immense number of tablets and 4G smartphones. Not exactly our cup of tea, right?

Wrong. This year’s CES was chock full of auto gizmos and gadgets. So much so, that we had to go back and try to cover them all. In researching the products presented at CES, we came across many automakers who chose this tech show, as opposed to actual auto shows, to showcase their technological advancements in car-to-driver communication. Yes, we said communication. Turns out, a computer or a smartphone can provide access to an array of features and notifications for your vehicle, making it that much easier for drivers to check on the charge levels of their electric ride. Other automakers are finding better ways to charge up their electric cars; without a plug.

Sound cool? We thought so too, so hit the jump to check out some of these ahead-of-the-game technological advancements.

.. kind of.. we found the perfect fit for Mr.T twenty first century ride, and it is a GMC like in the good old times. Roll cage up to the windshield, massive all terrain tires and drug dealer wheels as well. Two quick red stripes on the side and they are good to go save the world.


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