Take a spin with CNET around the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Understand the three layers of autonomy that will lead to self-driving cars. Find out why your headlights will soon know where you're going before you do!
The Detroit auto show, officially known as the North American International Auto Show, is the first car show of the year. Held each January in the home of US car culture, it brings shiny new models, new car technology, and loads of automotive eye candy. CNET's Car Tech team was hard at week in Detroit over the last three days to cover the show and we're happy to show you the video highlights below.
1. 2015 Ford F-150 An all-aluminum body frame, a fuel-efficient engine, and some new body styling cues are highlights of the 2015 Ford F-150. … Read more
With the global economy on a rubber band for the past couple of decades, automakers circled the wagons, taking a conservative approach to their model lineups. But at the 2014 Detroit auto show, it looks like we can have fun things once again.
Toyota, that hallmark of sensible cars, showed off an exciting new concept called the FT-1. Although not meant as a production prototype, it shows that Toyota is letting its designers have fun, and hopefully presages new models with a more emotional appeal.
DETROIT -- Lexus has been sharpening its performance cred in recent years with the launch of the IS F and the LFA supercar, but the launch of the RC F at the 2014 Detroit auto show suggests the previous moves were more than a passing whim. The RC F features a V-8 engine and a sport coupe design that should garner the appreciation of any driving enthusiast.
The RC F follows the launch late last year of the RC 350 model. Both use the same body, although the RC F gets some aero enhancements, such as a spoiler that automatically … Read more
DETROIT -- The midsize sedan segment is important for any automaker, and for Mercedes-Benz, it is bread and butter. The C-Class not only makes up a major portion of Mercedes-Benz sales, but also serves as the first taste of the brand for many buyers. At the 2014 Detroit auto show, Mercedes-Benz showed the newest generation of this most important model, one that it can little afford to get wrong.
And from all appearances, Mercedes-Benz got the right mix of features and design.
The body of the new C-Class maintains the same general lines as the previous generation, with a short … Read more
DETROIT -- With shorter life cycles, navigation and other features on phones tend to be more advanced than those found in cars. During the Detroit auto show, Panasonic showed off head unit concepts with navigation and entertainment powered by a connected phone.
Panasonic had on hand a head unit running its own, embedded infotainment system, one showing Android phone integration through MirrorLink, and a third also running navigation from an Android phone, but this one connected through CloudCar.
With both the MirrorLink and CloudCar implementations, navigation and entertainment functions running on the phone were translated to an appropriate interface for … Read more
DETROIT -- You may be asking yourself, "Why would anyone buy a 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 when the perfectly good 2014 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 4 already exists?" I know that's the first question that popped into my head at the new model's unveiling at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Then again, if you were born after 1989, you may just be asking yourself, "What the hell is a 'Targa'?"
As automakers add more infotainment features, owners end up compiling a multitude of personal preferences in their vehicles, covering everything from favorite destinations to streaming music services to contact lists. But what happens when you buy a new car?
Covisint, a provider of back-end secure data services, demonstrated a new concept in personal profiles for cars at the 2014 Detroit auto show.
In the demonstration, an owner could log into a Web site run by Covisint and populate a virtual garage with any cars she owns. She could upload her contact list from a smartphone and program in any other … Read more
DETROIT -- Sport driving enthusiasts long revered the M3 as a high-performance, somewhat affordable car for road and track. Those enthusiasts will have to get used to saying M4 instead, the new name for the previous M3 coupe.
Beyond a simple name change, however, the M4 and its M3 sedan sibling are wholly new cars, featuring down-sized yet more powerful engines along with new body and performance components. Although the M4 and M3 share performance components, serious drivers will be more interested in the coupe for its sleek styling.
The design of the new M4 is not radically different from … Read more
DETROIT -- With the launch of the new Corvette Stingray last year, Chevy fans had a new performance car to aspire to. However, true fans of the brand knew the best was yet to come. While the new C7 Stingray raised the performance bar well above that of the C6 that came before, it's always the subsequent performance models that really light the world on fire. This year in Detroit the first of those was unveiled, the venerable Z06.