NAIAS // Slip Dress // Velvet Lace Up Flats // Velvet Bomber Jacket

Vera Wang Slip Dress, similar HERE and HERE // Express Sweater // Velvet Lace Up Flats // H&M Handbag, similar HERE // Givenchy Earrings, similar HERE // Stella & Dot Choker

This spring my husband and I are considering selling our cars and finding something new or at least newer.  We bought both of our cars used and want to move onto something newer before we get into too many maintenance issues due to the age of the cars.

Both of our cars have been great and given us little to no trouble (knock on wood!).  In fact, there is a chance that I’ll get the same car but just a little newer.  We’ve also talked about looking into leasing this time.  Todd works from home when he’s not flying around the country or world.  The most miles he put on his car are his trips to and from the airport about 25 miles from our home.  My days of long road trips have ended, especially since we sold our cottage last year, so a lease could be a good idea.

In addition, my step daughter recently turned 16 and we will likely be buying or leasing her a car this spring.  Todd has taken her out to look at cars once but there is more looking and research to be done.  So far the Jeep Compass and Ford Escape are on the list.

I had the privilege of partnering with SheBuysCars to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) here in Detroit this week for Press Days which allows the media to come and view all of the new products and technology on display before it opens to the general public.  (Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a chance to win 2 free tickets to the Detroit Auto Show.)

I went into it excited to see what options will be available to us later this year.  I wouldn’t say I’m that into cars but I do drive them and know what I like and what I don’t like.  Of course style is a big factor for me but I’m also drawn to the latest and greatest technology.  There was plenty of that at NAIAS!

To me, the most exciting part of the show was all the talk of autonomous, also known as self driving, cars!  Companies like Google have been testing these cars on the road in a few U.S. cities.  For now they have test drivers behind the wheel to provide feedback and in case of emergency.  The company behind the Google project is Waymo which stands for a new way forward in mobility.

Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, kicked off the Waymo press conference where information was shared regarding the design, safety, and testing of their fleet.  They unveiled their newest vehicle in the fleet, a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan.  They’ll be adding 100 of thesee to road very soon.

It’s incredible to think of the efficiency that these cars could bring to every day people like you and I.  Think of the time you could save everyday if you weren’t behind the wheel having to focus on the road.  Think of your elderly grandparents that may not or should not be driving and the independence and safety this would offer them to get them where they need to go.

The software and sensors on these cars are incredible!  They can detect and anticipate movements with their sensors up to 2 football fields away in all directions!  How’s that for safety?  I don’t know any human that could do that.  In fact, 94% of all auto accidents are the result of human error.

The testing of these vehicles has really ramped over the last year and while Waymo seems to be the furthest along in their testing there are several other companies with concepts for future autonomous cars, including Hyundai.  Our group was able to view their Ioniq concept car on a private tour of their display with the company.

I was also able to experience supplier, Denso’s, self driving technology through virtual reality.  The scenario was a 3D experience of me in an autonomous car driving down a country road demonstrating the technology’s ability to detect deer and other objects in the road to avoid an accident.  Very cool!

It wasn’t all business at the NAIAS.  I had a little fun too playing an oldie but goody race car game, Gran Tourismo, at the Hyundai Racing display.  I’m about as average as I remember being though I was told I did pretty well by the staff and observers!

As long as I’ve been driving I’ve had a dream of owning a convertible so of course I was immediately drawn to this beauty.  A friend of mine had a Mercedes convertible that he let me tool around in when I would visit him in Naples, Florida in the winter.  It’s a fun little ride.  It’s not super practical here in Michigan but maybe someday I’ll get one when I retire to a warmer climate!

Socialite Velvet Bomber Jacket, similar HERE and HERE // Minkpink Dress, similar HERE // Catherine Malandrino Boots // Shinola Watch // Stella & Dot Choker (black) // Stella & Dot Choker (gold) // Nordstrom Initial Pendant

I currently have a SUV, a BMW X5, but Todd recently asked if I thought I could get by with a sedan instead.  The main reason we went with an SUV before is for our trips to and from our former cottage.  It has also come in handy as we have been settling into our new house to haul various items home.  Could I get by without one?  Probably.  On this particular day BMW didn’t have their full line displayed in their exhibit but I did take a liking to the M6 Coupe and Convertible.  A girl can dream!

A brand that I knew very little about before this week was Hyundai.  They graciously hosted our group for a private lunch in their executive suite and gave us private tours of their exhibits. Their mantra is “better”.  They seem to be doing all they can to make a better car for a better consumer experience.  I was impressed to hear that a portion of every purchase goes to Hope on Wheels, an organization dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.

Their luxury brand, Genesis, is one that I honestly hadn’t heard of before.  All of their models have received the top safety ratings in their respective classes.  There is literally nothing missing in these cars, including holographic windshield display, reclining rear seats, and a trunk that opens within 30 seconds when you stand in front of it with the key fob.  Complimentary valet service is available when you have maintenance needs. Your car will be picked up wherever you are and you will be provided with a Genesis loaner.

All G90 purchases come with a one year complimentary Amazon Prime membership and an Echo which integrates with the car (Think “Alexa please start the car” when you are in your house!)  I’m kind of geeky when it comes to new technology, especially for cars.

It was exciting to see the new innovations and dip my toe in the water for our car buying adventures in the coming months!  If you are planning on heading to the Detroit NAIAS you might as well go for free!  Enter the drawing below by this Friday for a chance to win tickets.

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*  This post was sponsored by SheBuysCars.com.  The opinions stated are completely my own.

 

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