The huge annual Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show is history for 2016 and without question it has morphed itself into a major car event. Right alongside the unveilings of new TV’s, Tablets, Smart Phones and every home or personal gadgets are worldwide debuts of production and concept vehicles.

This trend of more and more car companies attending and making major announcements and doing keynote address speeches continues to explode.

Mark Fields the CEO of Ford announced several major stories including that Ford is exploring linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to its vehicles to allow consumers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other features of their homes from their car, and to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle’s fuel range from the comforts of their couch.

In addition Ford announced a tripling of its fleet of fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test vehicles making it the largest in the automotive industry and will use a new-generation sensor technology as the company further accelerates its autonomous vehicle development plans.

This year, Ford will add 20 Fusion Hybrid autonomous vehicles, bringing the company’s autonomous fleet to about 30 vehicles being tested on roads in California, Arizona and Michigan

Chevy Bolt CESMary Barra General Motors CEO and newly named Chairman pulled the wraps off the production version of the Bolt battery-electric vehicle. The Chevy Bolt is the first foray by GM and by any mainstream automaker into the long-range electric vehicle market. The maker anticipates the vehicle will deliver about 200 miles of range per charge, or at least double what virtually all current BEV models are offering, including the current Chevrolet Spark EV.

Meanwhile, GM plans to offer the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt for less than $30,000 after factoring in the $7,500 federal tax credits currently available.

One of two electric vehicles were unveiled by the Volkswagen. The BUDD-e offers an intriguing look at the way the auto industry is chasing the concept of mobility, going far beyond the simple concept of building vehicles that can get you from Point A to Point B safely. Among other things, this reimagining of the classic VW Microbus would allow a driver to control home automation functions with a gesture or verbal command.

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Cars that will eclectically talk to each in traffic preventing accidents are around the corner. Technology is now moving at such a furious pace is hard to keep up to date.

New technologies are coming together to change the way drive at the most basic level. It is both exciting and scary in a “big brother like” way.

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