The 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show brings you 700 vehicles, 40 brands from exotics to daily drivers. But it’s possible the first new thing you notice won’t have four wheels.
New this year is an Auto Show app for your phone with something called eKEY.
“So eKEY is similar to something you may find at Disney World. It’s a way you can plan your visit,” said Auto Show President David Kelleher.
Say you see something you want more information about. Simply take your phone to a scanning station.
“You scan it right in and boom I just told GMC that I’m interested now,” said Kelleher.
Among what’s new to drive, if you have $70,000 Alfa Romeo has a new sedan that it says can rocket you from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds.
If that’s not for you, you may be interested in a Chrysler Pacifica minivan that allows the driver to see what’s ahead, behind and to the sides at the same time with optional cameras.
Drivers looking for something smaller may be interested in a Fiat Roadster.
“It’s really all about the fun, the drive, experience. The wind in your hair from the convertible,” said Angela Bianchi of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
More models this year can park themselves or automatically apply brakes to prevent hitting a slower vehicle.
Next up in the ever-evolving automotive industry: V2V or vehicle-to-vehicle technology.
In a Cadillac demonstration, one car actually signals a second car to brake hard and steer around a stalled vehicle.
It’s one step closer to self-driving cars, but the former head of the Auto Show says what works on an uncrowded highway may not be up to dealing with congested, narrow, urban roads yet.
“The system says, ‘well I can’t go to the left, I can’t go to the right, the lines say I can.’ How do they develop that technology to be able to accommodate that?” said Kevin Mazzucola, former Auto Show Director. “I believe they will someday, but we’re certainly not there yet.”