The Washington Auto Show is in town now and it’s the perfect time to find just what you’re looking for . I attended with a group of influencers as guests of She Buys Cars, sponsored by Hyundai, and I left very impressed with what the future of the car industry holds for consumers.
Even if you’re not in the market for a new automobile today, this massive display of cars will bring you up to speed on what is available and what you can look forward to in the future. The options are endless.
On Wednesday, two days before the show opened, I participated in a Ride and Drive event at the RFK Stadium, where I learned about the connected vehicle. I was given a Connected Vehicle to Infrastructure Demonstration with a professional driver and I left with a really positive outlook on technology developments to enhance driver and passenger safety.
It was an impressive experience seeing how cars of the future will be communicating with infrastructure and drivers to improve our safety on the roads. Watch how the connected vehicle is designed to correct human errors by notifying the driver of dangerous situations as they arise:
The best part of my Washington Auto Show experience was spending Thursday at media events and strolling along the showrooms before the show opened to the public. I was able to spend an unlimited time in and around the cars, and I heard first hand about new technology and features that are making today’s auto buying and owning experience top-notch. I’m amazed at the level of comfort automobiles provide today.
The Opening Keynote was from Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, CEO and President, Harmon. He took time to share some of the amazing work Harmon is doing in the automobile industry with regards to humanizing the connected car. Their focus is on “delivering connected technologies that make vehicles safer, smarter, and more secure.” (Harmon News)
As a guest of Hyundai and ambassador for She Buys Cars, the highlight of the day was being introduced to Hyundai’s Autonomous IONIQ Concept Vehicle.
The Autonomous IONIQ features:
- Forward Facing Radar which detects the relative location and speed of objects in the vehicle’s forward path to aid in route planning
- A three camera array which detects pedestrian proximity, lane markings and traffic signals
- A GPS antenna to determine the precise location of each vehicle
- High definition mapping data from Hyundai MnSoft which delivers location accuracy, road grade/curvature, lane width and indication data
- A Blind Spot Detection radar to ensure even simple lane changes are executed safely
Check out some additional video and photos of my Washington Auto Show Experience and a few things you can expect to see at the 2017 show…
The Washington Auto Show is open to the public from Friday, January 27 through Sunday, February 5.
Stop by and see what you’re looking for!