The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gets more and more offbeat every year.  This year keeps up the trend.  Here are some of the far-out automotive highlights: Chrysler presented the new Portal Concept for the first time in the U.S.  They say the electric minivan can go 250 miles on a full charge.  It’s packed with technological features, like community social sharing among passengers, internet cloud-based applications, and 10 docking stations.

Here's our Top 10 list of features:

1. Electric-powered estimated to have more than 250 miles of range on a full charge

2. One electric motor drives the front wheels

3. The battery pack can be charged up to 150 miles of range in less than 
20 minutes using a DC Fast Charge

4. Semi-autonomous driving mode can be upgraded to autonomous driving

5. Up to 10 docking stations

6. In-vehicle wireless network

7. Community social sharing among passengers and internet cloud-based applications

8. Facial recognition and voice biometrics

9. Tracks embedded in the floor allow the seats to move the full length of the vehicle or removed.

10. A full-length clear polycarbonate roof panel

Faraday Future unveiled their first production vehicle: FF 91.  They promise a range of 378 miles, 1050-hp, and a 0-60 time of 2.39 seconds.  Futuristic features include facial recognition technology and the ability to park without a driver. Lots of hype to live up to, here!

Toyota wants to take driving to a whole new level with the Concept-i.  Their advanced artificial intelligence would get to KNOW the driver, anticipating their needs while monitoring road conditions.  Toyota hopes to begin testing it in a few years.

Hyundai put on quite a display at CES.  Two autonomous IONIQ concept cars are roaming the streets of Las Vegas as the company tests their new technology.


Elsewhere at their CES booth, Hyundai is demonstrating how a ‘hyper-connected car’ would communicate with other cars, road infrastructure, and the cloud: