NEW YORK — The numbers behind the New York International Auto Show, which officially kicked off April 18, are undeniably impressive: Over 100 years of cutting-edge automotive history, New York’s largest convention center – the Jacob Javitz -- filled from one end to the other with cars of every shape, size , and color, and 44 different brands making an appearance.
And all of this before we even come to the reason most people trek out to the Javits Center every year: The chance to see the most exciting innovations in the auto industry, from new kinds of alternative fuels to hyper-sensitive Driver Assistance Systems to intuitive Heads Up Displays.
At the 2014 show, many of the highest of the high-tech focused on hybrid models, including the Toyota FCV, which is more concept now than car, but scheduled to make its way to the streets of California by 2015. The pricy BMW i8 hybrid also made the rounds at the show and is expected to debut in the US later this year. It’s not a shock that these car makers, as well as others, are looking at electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or PHEVs. In fact, IHS predicted in February that EV production would soar about 67 percent in 2014, with more than 400,000 vehicles slated to roll off manufacturing floors.
In addition, there were plenty of model that have started to take advantage of the wide-range of sensors that many makers are now installing at the factory. The
Land Rover Discovery concept SUV, which EE Times reported on earlier this month, showed off its “invisible hood,” lasers, and cameras.
Finally, there’s Apple CarPlay, which could be the game changers when it comes to how we think of how to integrated software, hardware, and the growing need for mobility in different vehicles. Even though none of the car makers actually showed off the device within a automobile, CarPlay proved a magnet for enthusiasts.
Here, without further interruption is a look at 11 different trends from this year’s showroom floor. To start the EE Times image gallery, click on the first picture:
The Toyota FCV, or Fuel Cell Vehicle, is a hydrogen-based concept car that’s set to appear in California (where hydrogen refueling stations already exist) in 2015. With an electric motor in the front and hydrogen tank in the back, the car is designed to take in oxygen through the front. It then combines that oxygen with hydrogen to produce fuel in the fuel tank, and emits water vapor as exhaust. It has a 300-mile range and can recharge in three to five minutes.