It’s that time of year, the 2018 New York International Auto Show – NYIAS – has landed. From March 30th to April 8th thousands will walk the halls of the Jacob Javits Center. The NYIAS is a wonderland for gearheads and the casual fan alike and this year is no exception. Every year the NYIAS has some overriding themes. The 2018 show saw virtual reality, self-driving cars and fuel cell technology take center stage. We’ve curated the floor; here are the top rides you need to see at this year’s NYIAS.

Genesis Essentia Concept

The Essentia made its debut at the show and was turning heads the moment it was unveiled. Although a concept car, Genesis President has gone on record to say that it is using the show to “test the waters” for actual production. So what does this whip have to offer? Up front, a transparent hood displays the pushrod suspension bits, with large intakes on either side, laser-optical Quad Lights, butterfly-style doors that use biometric recognition technology. A sensor on the B-pillar houses both fingerprint and facial recognition software that both opens and closes the doors. Yes, you can fully expect James Bond to pop out of this bad boy at some point.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist

As close to a self driving car as we have to date. The ProPILOT Assist is tuned specifically for U.S. roads.

ProPILOT Assist uses a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane and to maintain vehicle speed (set by the driver) or help maintain a gap to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed. It also can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and holds the vehicle during traffic jam conditions. Like we said, as close to self driving as there is on the road.

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