Top auto shows are increasingly incorporating technology, along with hands-on experiences like driving simulators and virtual reality demos.
According to Detroit Auto Dealers Association executive director Rod Alberts, conventional car shows are changing due to declines in the number of automakers, as well as year-round model debuts driven by social media and shorter build times.
Automotive Trade Association Executives president Jennifer Colman said this has forced auto shows to evolve and offer "interactive apps, ride-and-drives, and other experiences that meet consumers' needs."
Showcased at the annual auto show in Detroit was a demonstration of an autonomous car located in Shanghai, China, controlled remotely from the Detroit event via an "automated valet" system by Chinese startup ZongMu Technology.
Also on display at the event were intersection accident prevention solutions that connect "smart city" cameras and sensors to predictive algorithms that can set off audio and visual alarms in standard and autonomous vehicles.