Edmunds has named its 2019 CES Tech Driven Award winners: Valeo’s XtraVue Trailer, Byton M-Byte and Hyundai’s Elevate concept vehicle.
"As automakers strive to transform themselves into mobility companies of the future, and automotive technology increasingly becomes an extension of our homes and offices, it makes a lot of sense that automakers and suppliers descend on CES to debut their latest and greatest," Edmunds’ Editor-in-Chief, Alistair Weaver said. "The winners of this year's Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards are no exception, and they deftly combine practical innovation for today's vehicles with the exciting potential of tomorrow that CES is known for."
Valeo XtraVue Trailer
The trailer offers users driving assistance by being able to see what is happening behind it through an infotainment screen. The technology is designed to capture and use video images from the cameras at the rear of the trailer and the vehicle. The system will help improve towing safety.
Set to launch by 2020, Byton M-Byte revealed its stunning interior. Its 49-inch “shared experience display” sets it apart from its “driver tablet,” and it also features rotating seats, a gesture control sensor, a rear entertainment system, and sidepods for tablets under the armrest.
Hyundai Elevate Concept
Hyundai's Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences (CRADLE) division has created the “Ultimate Mobility Vehicle.” The Concept is designed to traverse challenging terrains and obstacles with its passive suspension (driving mode 1), active suspension (driving mode 2), reptilian (walking mode 1), mammalian (walking mode 2), and mobility (omnidirectional) features -- plus four-sided vehicle access that is helpful during disasters.
The Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards program distinguishes the most innovative automotive technologies, vehicles, concepts or products at CES by official CES exhibitors, which Edmunds editors believe have the best combination of future potential and actual deployment.
A second group of Edmunds Tech Driven Award program winners will be announced in February. Automakers will vie in the Most Innovative New In-Car Feature, Most Innovative New Engineering Technology Feature and Most Innovative New Safety or Driving Aid categories.