Every auto show has its flavor. Detroit likes to showcase American manufacturing with lots of trucks and SUVs; Tokyo delivers tiny city cars with futuristic designs. Los Angeles as a city blends sunshine and a history of automotive obsessions, and manufacturers are happy to oblige by bringing drop-tops to the annual November show.
Swedish automaker Volvo has a long-held reputation as a car company that puts safety first. Some safety features, like replacing spear-like traditional steering wheel shafts with bulkier, non-impaley versions are easy to see. Other features, like laser sensors that detect the movements of nearby cars, are a little trickier to demonstrate on the showroom floor. So, to advertise their safety in the modern era, Volvo teamed with Microsoft to create models of the cars in virtual reality:
Carvana started as a way to buy cars online. Ernie Garcia, Carvana's CEO, wanted to take the hassle out of haggling prices and signing paperwork. And he also hoped to shave a little off the cars' prices as well. So, like any good entrepreneur, he looked toward the Internet and automation, which led to them creating a car vending machine. The facility opened on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Since 2007, Mark Frohnmayer and his team at Arcimoto in Eugene, Oregon, have been working to create affordable personal electric-powered transportation for the masses. They knew the numbers: most trips are just one or two people in a vehicle driving an average of 33 miles a day. They also knew that globally, urban parking was the biggest problem people had.