Amid all the buzz around the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, one thing shines through crystal clear: The world of personal vehicle transportation is being shaped by innovations that are pushing the boundaries of technology in new exciting ways.
Sure, the annual LA show still shines with many of those buzzed-about designs that have long drawn car lovers to the show, like the new all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, which made its global debut at the event. However, some of the most innovative tech featured at this year’s show lies underneath all those drool-worthy looks.
Here’s a look at six of the hottest underlining tech innovations featured at the LA Auto show, which opens to the public Nov. 22.
The new Land Rover Defender features a number of new high-tech mobility innovations. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
1. Land Rover Defender (New Electrical Architecture & Automated Progression)
Land Rover has garnered considerable attention for the return of the Defender, which made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show. However, one of the most interesting things about the new Defender is all the new tech engineered into the SUV like the new electrical architecture, which features a 100MB ethernet backbone, 21,000 messages and an ultra-wide band.
The new Defender also features an enhanced automated progression and active safety system, which features a 3-radar vision system and a system-on chip camera system with 16 MM technology.
Some of the underlining tech features on the new Land Rover Defender could wind up on future vehicle applications down the road. (Image: Jaguar Land Rover)
Is all that new tech laying some of the groundwork for the rumored hybrid Defender in the works, or possibly a fully electric model down the road? Of course, Land Rover won’t discuss any future vehicles or potential Defender variants in the works. But company officials did hint that a lot of the new tech debuting in the SJV will anchor Land Rover’s mobility initiatives down the road.
The AutoMobility Summit, which kicks off the LA Auto Show, is focused on new-gen mobility ideas. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
2. Aeye (2D/3D Perception System)
It should come as no surprise that some of the most interesting tech innovations debuting at the 2019 Los Angles Auto Show revolve around self-driving cars. One of the most intriguing is a new 2D/3D perception sensor system, created by the tech company Aeye, for autonomous vehicles.
Aeye uses unique human-like perception sensor technology to enhance the sensor capabilities of autonomous vehicles. (Image: Aeye)
Making its debut at the show’s AutoMobility summit, Aeye’s new perception sensor system enables engineers to design autonomous vehicles not only capable of searching and detecting objects, but also to acquire, and classify and track these objects. The Aeye sensor tech is designed to replicate human vision through a combination of agile lidar, fused camera and artificial intelligence.
Brembo showcased its brake by wire system on a Pagani at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
3. Brembo (Brake-by-Wire Technology)
Pushing to better position itself in the world of high-tech mobility, Brembo is using the LA Auto Show to showcase its new electric brake-by-wire technology.
The new Brembo braking system, first unveiled earlier this year, uses sensors to detect the pedals position and sends the information to the control unit at the exact same time the pedal returns the braking feel of a traditional hydraulic system to the driver.
Brembo’s brake by wire is one of several new vehicle innovations showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
Brembo’s brake-by-wire helps to reduce residual torque, which can help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traditional combustion engines. But one of the most intriguing features of the technology is how it’s capable of using an energy recovery system to reduce the charging phase for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Karma SC2’s impressive performance numbers are only part of the appeal of the new electric concept. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
4. Karma SC2 (Drive Modules)
Although it’s the striking design of the winged Karma SC2 that strikes you first, it’s actually how the concept pushes the boundaries of EV technology that makes it most intriguing.
The electric concept, making its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, puts out 1,100 hp and is capable of traveling from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, and also features four-wheel torque vectoring, enabling each motor to control each wheel independently.
The drive modules for the Karma SC2 build on a number of innovations in the electric vehicle sector. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
But as Karma Lead Engineer Ben Marquart explains, it’s really the practicality of all of the SC2’s technology that makes it unique in the evolving world of mobility.
“Those two drive modules that are in this car are upgraded versions of in-production units that are in two (Karma) cars right now. So, we’re not talking about crazy things that are unobtainable. This is some real stuff,” Marquart told Ride at the show.
FLIR Systems is driving a new lane of innovations in the world of autonomous vehicles. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
5. FLIR Systems (Thermal Sensor Camera)
FLIR’s thermal camera systems, covered in an earlier LA Auto Show story here (more in depth), is arguably some of the most intriguing technology featured at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Building on military applications of the technology, the FLIR sensor system uses heat to detect and identify objects in a self-driving car’s path and is engineered to be used with lidar and radar sensors in autonomous vehicles.
FLIR Systems thermal cameras have already started garnering the attention of autonomous vehicle companies. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
The sensor systems, which Ride had a chance to experience first-hand, is already being explored by a number of companies for application, including an autonomous vehicle company that plans to begin using the technology in the near future.
FLIR is currently conducting national and global data research, which will improve the capabilities of the technology even further.
The new Toyota Miria showcases the ongoing evolution of FCEV technology. (Photo: Ride/Marcus Amick)
6. Toyota Miria FCEV
The new 2020 Toyota Miria FCEV, making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is poised to usher in an entirely new era for hydrogen powered vehicles. Beyond its striking new coupe-like styling, the new hydrogen battery technology powering the Miria improves the vehicles driving range to about 400 miles, an increase of 30 percent over the previous model.
Unlike a typical electrical vehicle, the Miria generates its own electricity onboard from hydrogen and oxygen and never needs to be plugged in to recharge, as detailed in a previous report here at Ride.
The new Toyota Miria, being touted as “plug-less” electric vehicle, is being paired with an aggressive marketing campaign aimed at educating consumers about FCEVs, which could play a key role in the wider development and adoption of the technology.
WHY THIS MATTERS
As the world of mobility continues to evolve, it’s becoming clearer that technology will continue to shape the space in ways never imagined. The underlining tech featured in vehicles showcased at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show not only further proves that idea, but it also highlights the broad scope of technology poised to drive the future of transportation.