We’re coming close to the end of 2017, which means it’s time to review our favourite concept cars of the year.
Automakers are getting more creative with their concept-car designs as they make big investments in self-driving tech and artificial intelligence. This year, we’ve seen cars with personal gardens and no driver seat.
Scroll down for some of the crazier concepts we’ve seen this year so far:
1. Fiat Chrysler unveiled a concept car geared for high-tech millennials at CES this year. The car isn't all that eye-catching purely from an aesthetic perspective. It's large, boxy, and heavy looking.
But the car is really meant to showcase what tech-oriented millennials are looking for inside a car, FCA said. It's electric with 250 miles of range and gets just over 50% of its charge back in under 20 minutes with a DC Fast Charger.
2. As for an even crazier concept car, Rinspeed showed off its Oasis car at CES. The vehicle has an actual garden, complete with Bonsai trees and radishes.
Inside, the concept has a massive touchscreen display from Harman that accommodates voice and gesture control. The vehicle can also alert you of upcoming obstacles with a heads-up display on the windshield.
Rinspeed envisions the car as a ride-sharing vehicle, where a person can select which passenger to ride with through a Tinder-like app.
3. Honda first showed teaser images of its NeuV concept car in December 2016, but it officially made its debut at CES.
The NeuV uses artificial intelligence to 'read human emotions' and improve the driving experience. It's self-driving and electric.
4. Volkswagen unveiled a high-tech version of its classic microbus. The electric, revamped Hippie-mobile can drive 270 miles on a single charge. Volkswagen said the vehicle is equipped with lidar, radar, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors, making it fully autonomous.
The concept also comes with other innovative features, like a tablet you can remove from the console and use outside. The driver can also open the car by approaching it with his or her smartphone.
5. Toyota showed off a concept car at CES that wants to be your best friend (sort of like Honda's NeuV). The vehicle has an AI assistant named Yui that's designed to engage you in tasks, like a conversation, so you stay focused while driving.
BMW thinks car interiors will be roomier in the future thanks to self-driving tech. The concept has enough space to fit a bookshelf!
The vehicle also comes with a massive display for sitting back and relaxing while the car does the driving for you.
7. Airbus unveiled a concept car called the Pop.Up that can be airlifted by a drone. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the vehicle is an 8-foot-long pod that can detach from a battery-powered chassis when picked up by a drone. The drone itself is autonomous and powered by eight rotors. Airbus designed the system with Italdesign, a design and engineering company.
8. Volkswagen Group unveiled a concept called Sedric that's more of a personal assistant than a car. The boxy vehicle with giant OLED eyes can pick up packages and drop off kids at extracurricular activities.
Sedric is a Level 5 autonomous vehicle, meaning it can drive in any geographic area without driver supervision.
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