Innovation and technology are making our roads safer and driving more efficientTORONTO
, Ont. — The autonomous car is not quite here — yet.
But the technology and innovation that will bring self-driving cars to our roads is quickly becoming commonplace in today’s cars and trucks. Across the showroom floor at the 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, there are vehicles equipped with technology that sounds a warning signal if you drift out of your lane, helps you parallel park, backs you out of tight spaces or even slows down and stops your car to avoid forward collisions. We are also starting to see adaptive cruise control available as options on some luxury brands, providing acceleration, braking and steering in a highway environment.
“We may not have a fully autonomous car on our streets yet, but the innovation and technology that are going to take us there are making our roads safer and making driving easier and more efficient,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “What we are seeing in production models today used to be the dreams of concept cars and even science fiction. But the future is here, and it’s quite exciting.”
The concept cars at this year’s AutoShow are certainly providing us a glimpse at the next step of autonomous driving.
Besides offering a full electric platform, the Mitsubishi e-Evolution
concept has an artificial intelligence system that reads changes in traffic and road conditions and coordinates with driver intent to make it safer and easier to drive.
Also all-electric, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless
concept introduces “Chauffeur Mode” that allows for a complete hands-free operation, thanks to the vehicle’s by-wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights and signals. The result is smooth, carefree driving with maximum efficiency and reduced risk of accidents.
The stunning Genesis Essentia
concept is the company’s first all-electric vehicle. But it also has state-of-the-art vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity to keep drivers informed of their surrounding conditions, helping avoid accidents.
With a commitment to produce one million electric vehicles by 2025, Volkswagen has introduced the I.D. Crozz
concept, a crossover SUV complete with autopilot capabilities, heads-up display and an augmented reality windshield.
The Infiniti QX Inspiration
concept was built with a lounge-like atmosphere in the cabin; hinting at the future of autonomous driving, the steering wheel collapses into the dashboard and the pedals retract into the floor, creating even more space should the driver wish to hand over control.
Toyota is quickly expanding its Safety Sense package across its family of vehicles, using autonomous technology to reduce the risk of forward and rear-end collisions. Its Fine Comfort Ride
concept is an alternative fuel cell vehicle with a spacious, lounge-like interior with wraparound displays ready to adapt to an autonomous future.WEDNESDAY AT THE CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOSHOW
12:00 pm — University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute Urban Transit Conference; Topics to be discussed include:
- The costs of congestion;
- The Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor;
- Creating a true regional transportation network;
- Automated and connected vehicles; and
- What we have to worry about in regards to transportation in the 21st
1:30 p.m. — Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Innovation Awards
7 p.m. — Light Up the Night live engine fire up, presented by Sirius XM
8 p.m. — Light Up the Night live engine fire up, presented by Sirius XM
The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star
and wheels.ca, continues until February 24th
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For tickets and show information, please visit autoshow.ca
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.About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.
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