The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is now known as Automobility LA for good reason as this year’s show represents a major transition from conventional vehicles, in this case trucks and SUVs, and the future of self-driving mobility as nearly all automakers are launching electric-powered and semi-autonomous vehicles over the next few years.
This “present vs. future” paradigm is evident with a quick stroll of the two giant showroom floors as we travel from the present to the future of mobility — the top-selling trucks and SUVs of today morphing into the all-electric vehicles of tomorrow and eventually leading us to the self-driving future of mobility.
From a business perspective, fully electric and autonomous technology is expensive for manufacturers, so most are finding their way into the high-end models now in order to recover the cost of this technology into the future.
But even today we are starting to see this semi-autonomous, self-driving, technology finding its way into mid-level models. While the headline grabbers are the new Jeep Gladiator pickup truck and SUVs like the Lincoln Aviator, Hyundai Palisade, and Honda Passport, we also saw great entries into the small car market // like the new Toyota Corolla plug-in hybrid and sporty and efficient Mazda 3 compact sedan.
And in a clear merging of today with tomorrow, there’s the Rivian, and all-electric pickup truck that is both stylish and sustainable.
Also, the new Jag i-Pace EV absolutely deserves your attention.
Check out what our correspondent Michael Boehm has to say about i-Pace battery management system.