Each year, Autoblog's panel of judges evaluates all of the latest and greatest technologies in the automotive space. And now we're excited to announce our finalists for the 2016 Technology of the Year award.

Last year, the BMW i8 took top honors for being a complete car that housed several forward-thinking new technologies. With that in mind, we're doing things a little different this year. Rather than issuing one award, we're splitting the honor into two categories: individual technology and complete car.

In order to be eligible for the award, the technology or car must be on sale or available to consumers by January 1, 2016. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Without further ado, here are the finalists for the 2016 Autoblog Technology of the Year award.

Technology Of The Year Finalists

  • Android Auto (via Hyundai)
  • Apple CarPlay (via Chevrolet)
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • Ford Sync 3
  • Smart Cross Connect App
  • Volkswagen MIB II Infotainment
  • Volvo Sensus Connect

Tech Car Of The Year Finalists

  • 2016 BMW 7 Series
  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2016 Tesla Model S
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