The LA Auto Show is always a great opportunity to see what the traditional car manufacturers' new models look like without having to actually go to a dealership. But the Auto Show is perhaps more fun these days to see what transportation will look like in the not-so-distant future. Besides alternative fuel and electric cars, the most interesting displays share what the driver-less future looks like.
A few interactive experiences at this year's show:
Amazon Gaming Lounge: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are bringing high-jinks and hot laps to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in The Grand Tour Game, an episodic racing game based on the hit Prime Original series, The Grand Tour. Created by Amazon Game Studios, The Grand Tour Gametransports players to exotic locations, where they’ll drive the world’s most interesting cars, and participate in the show’s outrageous challenges.
BYTON Test Ride: Premium smart electric vehicle brand BYTON will host free test rides on a closed course at the show. Attendees will be one of the first passengers to experience the M-Byte Concept SUV and its groundbreaking 49-inch Shared Experience Display, which goes into production at the end of 2019.
Free Test Drives: For the first time ever, attendees will have the opportunity to test drive Alfa Romeo models at the show. Visitors will also be able to test drive brand new vehicles from brands including Acura, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
Slingshot Joyrides: Located in Pico Plaza, show-goers will be able to ride alongside a professional driver who will demonstrate the Slingshot’s fun driving capabilities by whirling around multiple tight corners within a custom-built, 18,000-square-foot course.
GTI Track Challenge (Volkswagen Exhibit - South Hall)
Toyota i-ROAD: The three-wheel personal electric vehicle equipped with revolutionary Active Lean technology that emulates the movements of a skier.
Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride: The new fuel cell vehicle concept envisions mobility in a low-carbon society, discharging no Co2 or substances of concern, while offering a generous cruising range and hydrogen refueling time of about three minutes.
The blogger kids try a "Fine Comfort Ride" VR experience.
Even BumbleBee makes an appearance.
Mustang Bullitt Shoot (Ford Exhibit - West Hall): Celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Bullitt" by staring in your own photo shoot and get a customized poster featuring you and the new Mustang Bullitt.
Adding to the kid-friendly nature of the auto show: Make your own Lego figurine at the Ford display.
Galpin's customs showroom is always worth a visit.
The Hyundai Racing Challenge in the South Hall Atrium offers up a chance to win an XBox, among other prizes.
The LA Auto Show continues through next Sunday, Dec. 9.