Coolest automotive tech, trends and takeaways from CES 2020: Part 2

Updated: May 12, 2020

Carzaam Automotive News Episode 15: Coolest automotive tech, trends and takeaways from CES 2020: Part 2

Nissan Turns Over a New Leaf

The biggest car debut – of a real car – at CES was the Nissan Ariya. It’s a crossover / SUV intended to replace the 10-year-old Nissan Leaf.

The Ariya is bigger than the Leaf, offers two motors where the Leaf has one, and gets up to 300 miles on a charge versus 225 for the Leaf.

Nissan will use the second generation of its ProPilot Assist self-driving technology, which provides Level 3 hands-off driving for conditional automation and should be priced to start around $40,000.

ProPilot 2.0 is described as Level 3 autonomy, meaning: self-driving on some roads (typically interstates and other limited-access roads), but you have to keep your eyes on the road (and they’ll be tracked by an optical monitor). Most importantly drivers will need to take over control when exiting a highway but also if the car cannot cope with a complex driving situation.

Where the Leaf drives the front wheels only, the Ariya will offer all-wheel drive, with motors both front and rear and the modulated use of regenerative braking will minimize pitch and dive.

Other than Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Nissan Leaf is the best-selling non-Tesla EV in the US, this is despite sales being 60% off their 2014 peak. From Nissan’s perspective The Ariya can’t come soon enough.

Amazon knocks it out of the park at CES2020

Amazon celebrated the start of the new year with a focus on the comprehensive integration of Alexa into the automotive sector and revealed its extensive partnerships with multiple auto manufacturers.

Amazon announced that Alexa would soon be the digital voice assistant for Lamborghini and EV startup Rivian. Lamborghini plans to introduce the built-in Alexa feature in its Huracán Evo model and EV startup Rivian plans to integrate the voice-enabled services in its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV.

Alexa will allow the driver to make phone calls, get navigation help, play music and also connect to the drivers home Echo device, allowing the user to switch on lights or regulate the temperature.

Because Lamborghini caters to the premium segment and not the mass consumer market, Amazon also launched its pocket-friendly car assistant Echo Auto which is soon to be sold globally.

Cars as pods only as OEMs lose control

A major trend that emerged from CES in Las Vegas this year was the depth of the identity crisis that has hit