Automakers to hit 2014 Consumer Electronics Show hard

The rapid evolution of Internet-connected cars is expected to be a major theme at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show this year. Mercedes (DDAIF), Audi (VLKAY), Ford (F), BMW (BAMXY), and Chrysler (FIATY) will all showcase new services which enable consumers to link mobile devices to their cars. (PCLN +0.2%) has a new partnership with General Motors (GM +1.5%) that will see the company's hotel booking service become available within the new Chevrolet AppShop. Watch for a great deal of talk on how the automaker's OnStar system fits into the evolution of infotainment systems in the industry with heavyweight Google and others quite active in the field.

Other highlights from automakers include a closer look at BMW's all-electric i3 and Ford's highly anticipated C-Max Solar Energi.

Though demonstrations of self-driving cars will be a crowd pleaser, the nascent technology doesn't threaten to disrupt the market for a few more years at least. (Related: Google, you can drive my car).

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  • sreimer77
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    If I search within google maps, or Nokia Here which is what I use, for hotels, all hotels come on my map. I can then click on what ever one I want, which will allow me to get directions, initiate GPS for turn by turn navigation, contact details etc. It's only a matter of months before price will appear with those little icons which will allow one to quickly view all the listings for a general location, pricing and than go reserve a room all within a mapping application. Since our phones have our information stored, locking in a reservation will be as simple as selecting OK. Why would anyone ever use Priceline again?
    6 Jan 2014, 02:34 PM Reply Like
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