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Buckle up, the road ahead is driverless: News from the LA Autoshow




Hyundai is launching a new version of its connected car system, allowing apps to communicate directly with drivers' cars to perform services like mobile car washes without the driver needing to be there.
Hyundai is launching a new version of its connected car system, allowing apps to communicate directly with drivers' cars to perform services like mobile car washes without the driver needing to be there.
Hyundai

As the LA Auto Show gets ready to open its doors to the public this Friday, car companies are beginning to reveal details about the new vehicles and services that will become available to consumers in the coming years. 

Volkswagen

At an event in Hollywood, the beleaguered German automaker declared its reinvention as an electric car company, saying the transformation was the result of its recent diesel emissions scandal.

The Volkswagen ID is one of three battery-electric concepts Volkswagen will put into production.
The Volkswagen ID is one of three battery-electric concepts Volkswagen will put into production.
Volkswagen

 

Volkswagen revealed three all-new battery electric vehicles: 

While Volkswagen credits the diesel emissions scandal for its new embrace of electric cars, Jurgen Stackmann, member of the board of management for the VW Brand, say "without Tesla and Elon Musk, the world would not have accepted that electric cars are sexy... Without him, we wouldn’t have been so bold to take our step."

Waymo, Google's self-driving car spinoff, will begin offering completely driver-free rides in Phoenix as part of its Waymo Transportation Service. It may also branch out with trucking.
Waymo, Google's self-driving car spinoff, will begin offering completely driver-free rides in Phoenix as part of its Waymo Transportation Service. It may also branch out with trucking.
Waymo

Waymo Transportation Service 

Waymo is Google’s self-driving car spinoff. Company CEO, John Krafcik, revealed a few more details about its driverless mobility service, officially called the Waymo Transportation Service. Since the spring, Waymo has been operating an Uber-like service in Phoenix, and will soon begin offering a truly driverless version.

When Waymo expands its Transportation service, according to Krafcik, it is likely to be in an area contiguous to Phoenix. Waymo has also put its autonomous driving system into a Class 8 truck and is working with various logistics companies.

Hyundai BlueLink All-Access 

Car companies aren’t just making cars: They’re also offering a lot of services.

Hyundai has announced a partnership with a company called Smartcar, which will let drivers of Hyundai cars equipped with its BlueLink connected car platform to communicate with outside apps to grant the car access for things like grocery and dry cleaning deliveries. The car’s driver would not need to be with the car.

Through BlueLink All-Access, the service locates the car, then unlocks it so the service can be performed and re-locks it once the service is complete. BlueLink All-Access will launch in the first half of next year as a pilot program with various California businesses, including Washos, an on-demand car wash service in LA.

Yes, new car technologies will grant you yet another way to avoid human interaction, should that be your wish.

Lincoln Motor Co.

Lincoln also announced a partnership with a company called CLEAR, that will allow Lincoln owners to skip the security lines at airports and major sporting events using a special CLEAR lane inside the venue.

Lincoln is experimenting with all kinds of services, including at-home test rides, where the car is left with the potential buyer for 24 to 48 hours, and something called Lincoln Personal Driver, which lets Lincoln owners hire drivers to drive their cars and run errands for them.

GoKid is a carpool app for parents that was one of the top 10 automotive startups at the 2017 LA Auto Show Automobility connected car conference.
GoKid is a carpool app for parents that was one of the top 10 automotive startups at the 2017 LA Auto Show Automobility connected car conference.
GoKid

 

 

 

GoKid Carpool App

One of the finalists in the automotive startup competition at Automobility was the GoKid carpool app, designed for parents and schools. It was started by a mom in Connecticut who was frustrated with being stuck in traffic jams with her neighbors as they all drove to the same place at the same time with their kids in tow. Unlike HopSkipDrive, which hires drivers to transport children, the parents are the drivers with GoKid.

To hear more about what's being discussed and showed off at the LA Auto Show, please click on the blue player above, or click on these related stories:

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