A glimpse at your grandchildren’s Microbus. The BUDD-e recognizes gestures and voice commands, integrates with home automation systems, and has large touchscreens for information and entertainment. It has a range of 373mi and goes up to 93mph.
THE BEST Concepts
The FFZERO1 Concept is a glimpse into the future of race cars. Powered by four electric motors generating over 1000 hp, a lightweight, highly aerodynamic carbon fiber shell, and a high-tech interior with augmented reality displays, and a NASA-inspired pilot’s seat.
While we’re still waiting for a Mazdaspeed variant of the MX-5, we’ve got the RS Racing Concept, a beautifully blacked-out Miata, rocking sport aero with red accents, Recaro seats, performance brakes, height-adjustable suspension, and performance chassis tweaks.
Joby Aviation’s two-seat fixed-wing flyer has 12 propellers to help it take off and land like a helicopter, but can stow eight of them and flip the other four to turn it into a conventional airplane while cruising. It uses electric motors to fly at speeds up to 200 mph.
Jeremy Clarkson helps Amazon show off its new and improved delivery drone, which is much larger than the previously shown prototype but still takes off and lands vertically. This drone has a range of 15 miles, flies at about 60mph and carries up to 5 pound packages.
An extremely limited edition of the Superstar with a seamless upper CNC milled from a single piece of leather. Like the Futurecraft 3D, the Futurecraft Leather represents Adidas’ goal to create custom-fit shoes. The design also drastically reduces the use of adhesive.
The Yamaha PES2 is an electric motorcycle concept that has two electric motors – one under the tank and another one inside the front wheel – for two-wheel drive. It also has a crazy augmented reality helmet that overlays data from the bike’s cameras and other sensors.
Volvo gives us a glimpse of its future haulers, which will act much like our mobile devices. These trucks can automatically download updates in real time, change their internal specs to suit the job or the driver, schedule trips to the mechanic and more.
This proof-of-concept running shoe has a 3D printed midsole. Adidas envisions that someday you can go into a shoe store, use a scanner and walk out with shoes that are customized to your feet. In concept form though, its outsole looks like it’s customized to last five minutes.
Audi’s all-electric SUV is slated for release in 2018, and just might give the Tesla Model X a run for its money. Using three powerful motors to produce 496 hp, it can hit 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 310+ mile range, and can juice to 80% in 15 minutes. Inside, it’s packed with tech.
Porsche stomps on Tesla’s hallowed ground, revealing its own all-electric sedan, capable of launching its occupants from 0-to-62mph in 3.5 seconds thanks to a 600hp all-wheel drivetrain. Driving range: ~310 mi, and an 80% charge in 15 minutes… Assuming it ever gets produced.
French automaker Citroën’s quirky open-top ride for adventurers has woodgrain roll bars that double as storage for surfboards, and cutouts on the side to make it easy to hop into the back seat. The interior is ready for the beach too, with Hawaiian print textiles.