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HARMAN has used their ExPLORE event to showcase an assortment of technologies ahead of CES.

At the center of the presentation were three distinct ExP concepts, which all reside in a high-tech interior mockup.

As company officials explained, consumers view their car as a ‘third living space’ and don’t want it focused exclusively on transportation. HARMAN embraced this idea and developed concepts which show how vehicles can be fun and entertaining, even when you’re not driving.

ExP Gaming Intense Max

Kicking things off is the Gaming Intense Max concept, which is designed to keep you occupied while you’re waiting in your car. Since research has shown people usually play games on their smartphone during this downtime, HARMAN brought the gaming experience to the car.

When the car is parked and gaming mode is selected, the steering wheel retracts and the widescreen display moves forward to immerse you in the action. At the same time, speakers in the Personal Audio Headrest rotate down to wrap you in a cocoon of sound.

Back seaters haven’t been forgotten as the rear infotainment system rotates to turn into a TV-like display. If that wasn’t interesting enough, echoes and background noise are minimized using ClearChat technology while conversations between front and rear rows are optimized by an In-Car Communication system.

ExP Creator Studio

If you’re a fan of carpool karaoke, the Creator Studio concept should be right up your alley. It repurposes interior microphones and cameras to turn the vehicle into a creative space where you can record and edit videos.

Audio levels are automatically adjusted, while the interior is brightened so you look good for your next viral video. Once you’re done recording, you can use the steering wheel touchscreen to make edits and upload your clip via a 5G connection.

ExP Drive-Live Concert

The third and final concept should appeal to people who have been missing live concerts as a result of the pandemic. Using the aforementioned 5G connection, concerts can be live-streamed and even shown on an external display which pops out of the rear end.

That’s just scratching the surface as the Drive-Live Concert also incorporates a number of interactive features. In particular, users can interact with performers via emoji-like thumbs up and cheers buttons. Fans can also vote for the next song, while looking up lyrics and singer bios.

While some of the concepts are unusual, HARMAN noted autonomous driving technology opens up new possibilities for the future. The company also said everything is relatively realistic and that brings us back to the Personal Audio Headrests.

They’ve been designed to meet safety standards and are now available to automakers for use in future vehicles. There are two different versions and the Personal Audio Headrest Plus is the most interesting as it has “mechanized wings,” which deploy and retract. The wings have been designed not to impair visibility and they house speakers which allow for sound zones and spatial audio.

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外媒捕獲到 Ford 神秘測試車,以品牌未來產品規劃推測,應為即將轉型的新 Mondeo 跨界型產品,由於房車市場持續萎縮,北美市場陸續停售的 Mondeo 車系,可望藉由轉型成為全新型態的跨界車,重返市場。

Ford Mondeo〈美規稱 Fusion〉,曾是品牌台灣或是全球市場中大型房車支柱,由於受到用車環境衝擊,房車銷量日漸下滑,品牌將藉由全新型態的 Mondeo,轉型成為跨界版,期望帶來市場關注熱度。

測試車擁有不少品牌前所未見的新設計。

從測試車來看,新 Mondeo 跨界擁有不少新穎設計,包含新式家族語彙、侵略感十足的頭燈組,來與目前現行其他家族車款做出差異。以現在福特命名跨界新車方式,或許這款新車有可能稱為 Mondeo Active。

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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is now the richest man in the world as his current net worth of over $185 billion has just exceeded Jeff Bezos’ $184 billion.

Bezos, who’s been the richest person since 2017, has succumbed to Musk’s rapid wealth surge over the past year. That rise is the fastest one to the top in history, and it makes for a substantial turnaround for Musk, who, less than two years ago, was making headlines for Tesla’s rapid cash burn.

Read More: Tesla Came Oh So Close To Delivering 500,000 Vehicles In 2020

Musk passed Warren Buffett in July to become the seventh-richest person, and Bill Gates in November to become the world’s second-richest person. As wild as it sounds, Musk has amassed more wealth in the past year than Bill Gates’ entire $132 billion net worth.

Aside from his exploits at Tesla, Musk is also the founder, CEO, CTO and chief designer of SpaceX, founder of The Boring Company, co-founder of Neuralink, and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI.

He started 2020 with a worth of “only” about $27 billion, which is by no means bad, but meant he was barely in the top 50 of the world’s richest people. However, thanks to Tesla’s share price increasing more than nine-fold over the past year, he was able to add more than $150 billion to his net worth and is now the richest person on the planet.

Watch: Elon Musk Wanted Apple To Buy Tesla At $60 Billion Valuation, Tim Cook Wouldn’t Even Take Meeting

Yesterday morning, Musk pinned an older tweet of his to the top of his Twitter feed, likely to share with the public his thoughts on spending his wealth. The tweet reads “About half my money is intended to help problems on Earth, and half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure continuation of life (of all species) in case Earth gets hit by a meteor like the dinosaurs or WW3 happens and we destroy ourselves.”

Pretty lofty aspirations indeed. Will he go through with them? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.