Tuesday, January 5, 2016

BMW's CES fever dream: a beautiful i8 Spyder with ridiculous technology

At CES today, I watched a man wave an empty car into an open parking spot.

But that's old hat, really. Self-parking cars have been around for a while, and I even served as a hapless passenger in a self-parking BMW i3 last year. Science fiction brushes up with the auto industry so regularly these days — not just in concept form, but in production — that eliciting a genuine jaw-drop is nearly impossible. I mean, seriously: I've been in a self-drifting BMW, too. A BMW i3 could rocket into space, deliver a payload to the ISS, and autonomously land back on the Strip next year and I'm not sure I'd be surprised.

But BMW didn't just show me a self-parking car this year: the highlight of its brief press conference this morning was the...

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