Having reviewed more than 40 qualified submissions from readers, editorial staff and industry, the panel of judges has named the following as finalists: Chevrolet MyLink Valet Mode; Infiniti Backup Collision Intervention; Tesla Supercharger Network; Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake; Mopar In-Vehicle Wireless Charging for Portable Devices; and Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive.
Starting at midnight November 19, readers will have an opportunity to vote on which of the six semi-finalist technologies should win the grand prize, which will be presented at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January.
While AOL Autos readers will not have, in most cases, tested the vehicle technology, our write-ups with embedded videos about how each technology works, and why the panel of judges chose them, can be viewed here. The final tally of reader votes will carry the weight of one judge on a panel of fourteen judges.
"We think that readers can properly assess the viability and usefulness of the technology in our presentation," said AOL Autos editor-in-chief David Kiley. "That combined with the seat and testing time of our editorial staff is sufficient and fair to assess a top winner."
AOL Autos last year named Chrysler's updated UConnect system as its grand prize winner in the first year iof the award, beating out impressive entries from Ford, Honda, Audi, Cadillac and Nissan.
"We added fuel economy to the categories this year, because of the importance and proliferation of new technologies," says Kiley. "And it makes sense given our association with the Consumer Electronics Show because all of these technologies, including fuel economy are heavily dependent on electronic innovations."