LAS VEGAS—CES used to be all about gadgets, but this year, you can easily argue that cars stole the show. There were so many cool new concepts, technologies, and vehicles on display, that I’m almost wondering what’s left for the Detroit Auto Show next week.
CES 2016 Bug ArtThings started off with a bang, with the futuristic FFZERO1 from Faraday Future getting tons of buzz before the show floor even opened. Ford followed up strong, announcing partnerships with Amazon and DJI to bring home and drone control to future vehicles. The company also detailed plans to focus on autonomous vehicles, showing off its third-generation test cars, which use a brand new sensor from Velodyne.
Not to be outdone, Kia announced plans to release partially autonomous driving technologies to market by 2020, and a fully autonomous vehicle by 2030. And Volkswagen tried to distance itself from its recent troubles by introducing an all-electric concept van. That’s right: an electric VW bus.
There were plenty of cool technologies on display as well, like new user interfaces and dashboards. We even saw a smart steering wheel. But I’m focusing on the 10 best cars here, and every vehicle included in this slideshow represents a significant step forward in design and/or technology.
Of course, many of these cars are concepts. But bits and pieces of the ideas and technology are sure to make their way into future vehicles. And with such a heavy focus on tech, it’s no wonder why these cars were some of the biggest talk of this year’s show.