CLEVELAND — There’s always plenty to see at the Cleveland Auto Show, but one of the most exciting things is the new technology on display at the I-X Center event.
Much of the new technology is about providing improved safety while also giving the vehicles a futuristic, fresh aesthetic.
Brian Swanson, the chief engineer of the Chrysler Pacifica, knows that vehicles are essentially an extension on our homes and has designed new vehicles to be just that.
“We've got the whole Uconnect theater system in the back of the car that has nine games, we have video players they can plug in all of their devices, the car's going to be fully connected—it's just going to be a great atmosphere for those kids," Swanson said. “What's really unique about it is we can zoom in on those seating positions so, say you have a rear-facing infant seat, we can zoom in on that occupant so the driver can see what that passenger is doing."
Those new features are set to be standard by 2025 but some vehicles are already offering those specs.
There are plenty of ideas circulating in the minds of people like Swanson and the technology in store for the vehicles of the future is something many car buffs look forward to.
"You got your kids, you got mirrors to look back, you have sensors to figure out if someone is in there, you're leaving the car running. All of those things are here now—just imagine what the possibilities are going forward,” said Lou Vitantonio, president of Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers.