The best car tech of CES 2023: Color-changing paint, an LTE dash cam, and more

Being a car owner is a very difficult time.

While one would not normally think of cars as “consumer electronics” ces Auto-tech always brings excitement and the 2023 trade show was no different. Everyone from Google to BMW, Volkswagen and Garmin got in on the action, either with completely new cars or new features for existing cars.

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Whether it was a colour-changing car, a glow-in-the-dark car, or an easy way to keep your car toxin-free, CES 2023 had it all.

Android Auto gets a facelift

Android Auto New UI
A fresh coat of paint for Android Auto.
Credits: Google

is the first android auto, Google’s software-level solution for connected Android phones to cars. Android Auto itself isn’t new, but Google brought a much-needed change to the product at CES and rolled it out to users right away, which is good.

The map view is now positioned on the left side of your car’s interior display, so it’s the first thing drivers see when they glance at the screen. There’s a new Quick Toolbar for the apps you open most often and everything’s been updated to reflect “Content You” pixel phone Have been playing for the last few years.

Between those additions and the ability to make WhatsApp calls from your phone while in the car, Android Auto users will probably be satisfied. but there is more, Podcasts and music have a progress bar at the end so you can skip your favorite tracks while driving. great stuff.

an air purifier for your cupholder

Panasonic Portable Air Purifier for Cars
Eliminate odors directly from the cup holder.
Credit: Panasonic

Sometimes cars don’t smell very nice. Whether it’s due to food or environmental conditions you can’t control (count your blessings if you’ve never driven a field full of livestock), Panasonic has a way to fix the problem.

Nano X Portable Air Purifier Looks like a stainless steel water bottle, but it’s actually an air purifier made to fit in a car’s cupholder. This creates tiny water particles that oxidize the air, ideally reducing both bad odors and bad bacteria in the car. We can’t guarantee its effectiveness against things like disease, but it should at least keep your car smelling fresh.

Hot Tip: Regular car wash will do just as well.

Ready Vision and Ready Care

Harman Ready Vision
Credits: Harman

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for cars to resemble their science fiction counterparts from the movies minority Report, Together Hermann’s With new Ready Vision technology, the wait may be over.

With Ready Vision, your car will use augmented reality to project useful images onto the windshield. GPS directions, blind spot warnings, and other important information about your car can be offered by Ready Vision, which Harman says will begin production this spring.

Another new Harman feature going into production at the same time is Ready Care. Using neuroscience and machine learning, Ready Care uses cameras, sensors and monitors to detect whether drivers are drowsy or otherwise distracted. If it is, the car will give a personalized response to keep you focused on the road.

BMW and VW are getting weird with exterior paint

VW ID.7 car on the cliff

Volkswagen’s Light-up ID.7.
credit: Volkswagen
BMW i Vision D in Yellow

Sometimes you just want the yellow car.
Credit: BMW

Basically for a whole century, cars have generally been painted one color and that’s it. BMW and Volkswagen, however, came to CES with two unique approaches to how cars can customize their appearances going forward.

VW ID.7 There is an electric sedan that will surely be eye-catching on the road, as it is covered with multicolored digital camouflage paint and QR code. Different parts of the car can light up or go dark independently of each other, so for example, your car can put on a light show in sync with the music you’re listening to. It’s not really clear that this is helpful in any way, but it’s a conversation starter, if nothing else.

same for bmw i vision d, It is a concept car with an e-ink exterior that allows drivers to virtually change the color of the car. You can choose from 32 different shades for 240 different segments of the car’s exterior, creating all kinds of unique patterns to your liking. Again, this feature is unlikely to change your life, but it Is It’s cool to have a giant, mechanical chameleon in your garage.

dash cam of your dreams

garmin dash cam live
Ne’er-do-wells will think twice before messing with your car.
Credit: Garmin

Finally, Garmin came up with a dash cam at CES that can do all kinds of fun things for a price.

The $400 dash cam comes with live LTE connectivity, which requires a $10/month fee to use. If you choose to pay the fee, you gain the ability to remotely view a 140-degree, 1440p feed from the dash cam, no matter where you are. For example, if someone tries to do some funny business with your car, for example, you’ll be able to see it and react accordingly.

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The always-on camera will also auto-save event clips with time and location tags, and it’s voice command-enabled so you can tell it what to do when your hands are on the wheel. It certainly isn’t a color-changing car or a portable air purifier, but one could argue that Dash Cam Live is actually the most useful car technology shown at CES.

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