11 Futuristic car tech from CES 2021

Want to see what's in store for cars in 2021-2022 and beyond? Today's roundup features futuristic car tech that's scheduled to arrive soon. Keep reading this blog post to learn more about flying cars, trucks the size of a two-story house, and more.

11 Futuristic car tech from CES 2021
BMW iDrive infotainment system design

Despite its virtual show floor, the CES 2021 car show didn’t fail to impress. Companies displayed an array of technologically-forward, interesting ideas. Automobiles have been on the forefront when it comes to new tech at CES every year and this year has not been any different either. All-around, it looks like we are about to fly high with some pretty futuristic car tech from CES 2021 coming in 2021-2022.

Related: Check out more CES 2021 announcements curated by the Gadget Flow team

Flying cars seem to have some momentum, with Cadillac’s Air Taxi Concept and Fiat Chrysler’s eVTOLS as prime examples. And a giant autonomous mining vehicle from Caterpiller aims to make industry work safer. There is so much to talk about when it comes to cool car tech in 2021-2022. Let’s take a look at some of the anticipated additions.

Mercedes-Benz MBUX Hyperscreen

The Mercedes-Benz MBUX Hyperscreen is sure to wow with its intelligence and ease of use. A high-tech brain of the car, this electric car gadget features AI software capable of learning. This lets it adapt to its user, making personalized suggestions for infotainment, vehicle functions, and comfort. An example of a fusion between digital and analog features of a car, the MBUX Hyperscreen blends seamlessly into your vehicle in the form of a curved screen band.

Mercedes-Benz MBUX Hyperscreen

Mercedes-Benz MBUX Hyperscreen

You’ll appreciate the integrated ambient lighting on the lower portion of the device, making the display unit appear to float on the instrument panel. Moreover, for brilliant display, Mercedes-Benz uses OLED technology. Finally, this gadget is easy to use thanks to the screen’s clear design with anchor points.

Samsung’s Digital Cockpit 

Samsung has unveiled the Digital Cockpit at the CES 2021 virtual event. You may have previously seen this concept back in 2018, but the company has just released its top features: a 49-inch QLED display, sound system, 5G technology, and much more. All in all, you can incorporate it into your vehicle, creating an entertainment hub for passengers to enjoy on the road.

The main idea behind this high-tech product? It creates an audio and visual experience that’s immersive while allowing you to communicate with the world around you.

BMW iDrive infotainment system

The BMW Next-Gen iDrive Infotainment System is an updated, more colorful edition of the company’s current infotainment platform. It still features the classic iDrive knob in the center console, but the device has been updated to include BMW’s personal voice assistant and gestures. 

BMW iDrive infotainment system

BMW iDrive infotainment system

The idea behind the update is to provide a system that better uses a connected car’s potential to make a ride safer, more comfortable, and convenient. BMW hasn’t released many other details at this time, but the update should help analog and digital car technology work together more seamlessly.

Cadillac eVTOL Autonomous Air Taxi Concept

Another cool piece of futuristic car tech coming in 2021-2022 is the Cadillac eVTOL Autonomous Air Taxi. This car taxi can fly and seat one passenger. That’s right; this concept car has vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. It also boasts other smart technology like voice recognition and temperature control.

Moreover, it features a 90kWh battery and four propellers, letting it hit a top speed of 56 mph. Furthermore, with gesture and voice control, the eVOL makes adjustments for a seamless ride. Finally, this air taxi has its own glass roof so you can enjoy stunning views in the air.

Panasonic Head-Up Display Technology

The Panasonic Head-Up Display Technology is another cool addition to futuristic car tech coming in 2021-2022. It adds more information to a windshield thanks to its artificial intelligence and augmented reality for an experience that’s similar to a video game. This cutting-edge HUD provides a guidance route for navigation, cyclist detection, speed, underpass measurement, and the road’s speed limit. So with this information always within view, your eyes can stay safely on the road. Best of all, this data updates constantly at 300 milliseconds per refresh.

Panasonic Head-Up Display Technology

Panasonic head-up display technology in use

Gentex Full Display Rearview Smart Mirror

Smart technology has come to your rearview mirror with the Gentex Full Display Rearview Smart Mirror. It’s a pretty interesting offering for futuristic car tech coming in 2021-2022. This mirror-mounted recorder helps you keep your eyes on the road and records video in the event of an accident.

Gentex Full Display Rearview Smart Mirror

Gentex Full Display Rearview Smart Mirror design

It enhances your vision while driving, thanks to a small, cordless form factor. Additionally, the video camera captures traffic accidents thanks to its internal shock sensor. This feature causes the camera to record automatically when someone hits you, capturing their license plate number. Best of all, you can download the DVR’s files through an internal SD card or the smartphone app.

Chevrolet 2022 Bolt EUV Steering Wheel

Steering wheel technology is getting an update, too, with the Chevrolet 2022 Bolt EUV Steering Wheel. This futuristic car tech coming in 2021-2022 comes with Super Cruise technology, a hands-free driver assistance system for enabled roads. The Bolt EUV’s steering wheel and dash light up, and the Super Cruise light bar above the wheel turns red, blue, and finally green while the system starts.

Chevrolet 2022 Bolt EUV Steering Wheel

Chevrolet 2022 Bolt EUV Steering Wheel

When the light is green, drivers may take their hands from the wheel to take advantage of hands-free driver assistance. It turns red when the driver is not paying enough attention. This new steering wheel should be included in 22 of Chevy’s units by 2023.

Cadillac Celetique EV

Enjoy a car whose roof splits into four quadrants, each with self-dimming capabilities when you have the Cadillac Celetique EV. This futuristic car tech coming in 2021-2022 is likely still in the prototype phase, but its design is impressive. The front end seems to be completely illuminated, with vertical lights on both sides and several lights breaching the gap.

Inside, users will find an electrochromic glass roof that’s split into four quadrants, each of which can dim, for greater personalization during a ride. Finally, the dashboard has a pillar-to-pillar screen that gives front passengers plenty of room for infotainment.

Cadillac Halo Self-Driving Concept Car

Designed for a completely autonomous future, the Cadillac Halo Self-Driving Concept Car boasts an impressive design. This pod car has a comfortable interior where family and friends can relax together with a wrap-around couch, wood flooring, and impressive views from the windows.

Cadillac Halo Self-Driving Concept Car

Cadillac Halo Self-Driving Concept Car

This car also features quite a bit of tech, including biometric sensors to measure passengers’ vitals. The Cadillac Halo can also adjust the temperature, humidity, lighting, and aroma There are also voice and gesture controls to change other features.

Caterpillar Autonomous Haul Truck

Have you ever imagined a truck the size of a two-story house? It exists, and it’s called the Caterpillar Autonomous Haul Truck. This massive truck is self-driving and weighs an impressive 284.6 tons—when empty and is intended to be used in mining. With a full load, it can weigh up to 687.5 tons or roughly 15 passenger planes.

Caterpillar Autonomous Haul Truck

Caterpillar Autonomous Haul Truck

The idea is to keep people safe and incorporate technology that gives machine operators better visibility and notification when they become fatigued.

Harmon Experience Concepts

Turn your car into a gaming setup or concert hall with any of Harmon’s Experience Concepts or EXPs. Using a range of technologies from telematics to digital cockpits, the company hopes to transform the vehicle experience.

Harman experience concepts

Harmon experience concepts touchscreen

With Gaming Intense Max, the seats get pushed back, windows darken, and sound is optimized for an ideal gaming experience. In Creator Studio, the cabin is transformed into a mobile recording studio. And the Drive-Live Concert turns your car into a live music venue.

Archer Fiat Chrysler eVTOL Flying Taxis

Finally, the Archer Fiat Chrysler eVTOL Flying Taxis are a futuristic car tech coming in 2021-2022 that’s worth waiting for. The companies are working together to create a fleet of electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or flying cars.

Archer Fiat Chrysler eVTOL flying taxis

Archer Fiat Chrysler eVTOL flying taxis

This electric airline will be constructed around a composite aircraft powered by a 187-kWh battery pack. The cars are designed for a 60-mile range at speeds up to 150 miles per hour. Flying cars, it seems, really are on the horizon.

Well, there you have it. This futuristic car tech coming in 2021-2022 sure is impressive. Let us know which of these technologies intrigued you the most in the comments.

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