An attendee at the Los Angeles Auto Show samples a digital dashboard display by Audi on Nov. 18, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Tim Crowley/LCT)
LOS ANGELES — As new technology transforms how vehicles run, it shifts America's automobile culture to its smartest and most efficient phase ever.
A Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18 leading up to the opening of the annual Los Angeles Auto Show today pumped that reality as OEMs and mobile tech specialists showcased the latest in-car gadgets, systems and functions.
Audi presented its new partnership with NVIDIA technology, which has redesigned the traditional instrument dial into a fully digital display. The new in-dash feature was shown in an Audi TT roadster, and four hands-on display booths were available for attendees to try first-hand the new technology. The dash can incorporate navigation and maps into the instrument dial for easier visibility during driving.
Ford showcased its new LIVE Drive reporting, which tracks vehicle diagnostics during driving to give precise data on fuel efficiency and driver safety. The LIVE Drive feature is integrated with Kelly Blue Book values and gives real-time feedback on driving scores.
Hyundai had a large display for its new Intelligent Assistance App which connects Hyundai drivers with data such as outside temperatures so you can start the car before you get in and warm it up if it’s cold. You also can browse for local restaurants using voice control.
Jaguar and Range Rover showed off its latest InControl Apps, which centralize a number of different apps into one for easier use. The company also announced the opening of a new research center in Portland, Ore., to focus on greater tech developments for their vehicles.
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Finishing up the first day was a presentation by KPMG, an automotive research team that presented its latest white paper on the future of connected cars. According to their research, the number of overall vehicles is projected to decrease, while the number of advanced tech features put into vehicles will increase, KMPG partner Gary Silberg said. Also, the report stated that traditional automotive manufacturers will see new competition from technology focused companies that build new, hyper-connected vehicles with consumer appeal.
You can read more about the KPMG white paper, Me, My Car, My Life, here.
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