Carmakers Take the Wheel at L.A. Auto Show

People from all over the world have descended on the L.A. Convention to get a look at the 2017 Los Angeles Car Show. 

Interactive exhibits and the latest in hybrid/electric technology dominate the floor space at the convention center. BMW North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt says the luxury models BMW has on display this week have features consumers will be seeing more of.  

"But a lot of the technology in the car will be reality, not like in the future, years, years, years. It's worked on as we speak."

For carmakers, California has become an important state for self-driving. Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the Golden State has become ground zero for developing self-driving cars. 

"A very realistic time frame could be 2021, that's what we are seeing. I think there is a lot of people who would like to use their commute time for something more productive than sitting and watching the steering wheel." 

Some of the highlights from the show include Chevrolet debuting its 2019 Corvette ZR1, which focuses on the car's most advanced technology in the company's history. 

Cadillac is proving they won't be left behind, as they showcase its "Super Cruise" technology in the 2018 CT6. That includes hands-free driving technology for the highway. 

Audi is taking the wheel too. The A-8 is their established model that Audi of America President Scott Keough says has features that allow the car to do more of the driving while in heavy traffic.

"What is the scenario is, I'm sitting on the 405, gut-wrenching traffic, bumper-to-bumper-to-bumper. That's when accidents happen. And that's the stuff that can be avoided with this technology." 

The Traffic Jam Pilot, is the most advanced self-driving tech so far in production. There are limitations - it only works on roads with dividers, easily identified lane markings, no cross traffic, no pedestrians, no merging traffic, and works only up to about 35 mph. So, perfect for the 405. 

People can check out all the new technologies and more than 1,000 new vehicles at the car show through December 10th.

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