While lots of gadgets showcased at CES will grow up to become real products one day, others seem like they were dropped on Earth by alien spaceships.
A perfect example is the Toyota Concept-i, which is a concept car through and through. Just look at it; you can’t get anymore prototype-y than this!
Although the biggest attention-grabber is its futuristic design, Toyota is keen on highlighting its use of artificial intelligence to understand your needs and act accordingly.
The car’s software is called Yui, and it works a lot like Google’s Assistant or Apple’s Siri, but way better. It’s there for you to form a relationship with the car, according to Toyota. It’ll learn your behavior and driving patterns, then use that information to predict the best-possible moves.
Yui is geared more towards being a buddy, rather than a machine you command. By doing so, the driver’s bond with the car will be more organic and immersive, or so Toyota says.
In fact, it’s so immersive that there are biometric sensors on board to read your emotions. If you’re feeling angry or sad, the car can take over and drive you safely to your destination. A little creepy, huh?
The official website of the Concept-i is loaded with lots of ways on how the vehicle makes the driving experience a warmer and friendlier one. As an example, the headlights can wink at you — we’re serious!
On-road evaluations in Japan will apparently begin in the “next few years,” but expect to see this all over streets when your grandchildren have grandchildren, or maybe another few decades after that.
Honda Civic Type R debuts in the Philippines: Price, availability
Most powerful model yet
Honda is starting 2023 with a bang, introducing the 6th generation Civic Type R to the Philippine market.
The most powerful yet from the line, the all-new sports car-looking Civic Type R will feature a handful of improvements from its exterior design all the way to a more ergonomic and immersive cabin inside.
Some changes include a wider and lower overall build, wider rear doors, a reshaped rear bumper, an elongated hood, and an aggressive front bumper design featuring a honeycomb grille mesh.
The LED headlamps and taillamps have also been redesigned, complementing the matte black finish on the 19-inch alloy wheels.
Of course, the Civic Type R isn’t just all about appearance; underneath the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC, turbo-charged in-line 4-cylinder engine for up to 420 Nm of torque.
The car features a 6-speed manual transmission with a Rev Match Control system for more precise and smoother shifting.
Immersive, comfortable interior
Inside the all-new Civic Type R is an immersive cabin with distinct features only available on the specific model.
There is an aluminum shift knob for added sportiness and a serialized Type R plate on the dashboard. The car has racing-inspired Alcantara seats, while a black and red motif stands out in interior finishes.
Behind the steering wheel is a 10.2-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. For its infotainment setup, the Type R features a 9-inch touchscreen with support for various connectivity and multimedia functions, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker Bose system.
Another exclusive offering for the Type R is the Honda LogR Performance Datalogger that monitors driving activity using both the car’s sensors and a built-in vehicle app.
Other comfort features include automatic air-conditioning, smart key card entry, one push start system, wireless charging, and more.
Advanced safety features
The 2023 Civic Type R comes with the full suite of Honda SENSING features, such as:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Road Departure Mitigation
- Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Warning
- Auto-High Beam
Aside from these, the car also has a camera mounted behind the windshield which has an improved field of view (100 degrees from 50 degrees) while at the back is a multi-view rear camera.
Other safety offerings include:
- Anti-lock Brake System
- Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
- Vehicle Stability Assist
- Hill Start Assist
- Electric Parking Brake
- Auto Brake Hold
- ISOFIX child seat anchor
The all-new Honda Civic Type R retails for PhP 3,880,000 for the 2.0 VTEC Turbo Honda SENSING MT variant.
Visit any of Honda’s 37 car dealerships nationwide for the virtual showroom here for more details.
Xiaomi EV spotted in China
How do new cars get their first test runs on real roads? Common in the automotive space, prerelease vehicles often go on extensive tests on actual roads while disguised with non-revealing designs. As vehicles, electric vehicles are no different. A year ahead of their projected release date, Xiaomi and its first electric car have made surprise appearances in Chinese roads for test drives.
Reported by CarNewsChina (via ArenaEV), Xiaomi has reportedly unleased its unreleased electric vehicle in China. The timing of the tests foretell important tests for winter conditions, an important metric for vehicles in a country that gets its fair share of icy weather. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reportedly participated in the tests himself.
All of the test vehicles were clothed in black fabric to obscure the final design. Spotters won’t be able to deduce much except from the outline. Speculations are already out and about, though.
The vehicle, codenamed Modena, will come with a variety of battery options including one from Chinese EV mainstay BYD. The battery will supposedly charge from empty to around 80 percent in just 15 minutes. It will also reportedly come with an unreleased automotive chipset from Qualcomm. It might ship with a price tag hovering between RMB 260,000 to RMB 350,000.
As with their first announcement back in 2021, Xiaomi is expected to launch the Modena sometime in 2024. Besides the first vehicle, the company is also working on another vehicle codenamed Lemans.
SEE ALSO: First Xiaomi car set for a 2024 launch
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But some of our favorites include a portable solar-powered fridge with a built-in ice maker, a record-breaking electric vehicle that can go farther than any before, a laptop with a 3D display, heck even the future of foldable smartphones was unveiled!
Know more of them by watching our Best of CES 2023 round-up!
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