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Monday, January 6, 2014

Automotive Innovation Flourishes In 2014

Audi's new laser headlight technology will make its way into the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car. (Audi Sport)

Audi’s new laser headlight technology will make its way into the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car. (Audi Sport)

It’s only the beginning of January, but its not too early to declare 2014 a big year for automotive innovation.

The first of the advances are being rolled out for public viewing at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will include technologies that seem like they’re straight out of a Jetson’s episode, including built-in software that recognizes a car owner’s voice and responds to his or her commands.

And next week, car aficionados can head to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where manufacturers are rolling out a variety of new and innovative vehicles, including Ford’s all-aluminum pick-up truck.

Paul Eisenstein, publisher of the car news website The Detroit Bureau, joins Here & Now’s Meghna Charkrabarti to discuss the latest in automotive innovation.

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