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Ars Technica: Ars goes to the Chicago Auto Show
2014-02-15 11:01am -08:00T Visit Ars Technica


 The Chicago Auto Show bills itself as the "nation's largest auto show." There's certainly room for it to be the largest show of its kind in the US, as it takes place in McCormack Place, which is the largest convention center in North America. And the Chicago Auto Show is definitely big, using 1 million square feet of McCormack Place's 2.7 million square feet of available exhibit space. That's a lot of cars.

Cars have always been an area for technological innovation, and with manufacturers increasingly doing things like building 4G LTE connectivity into their vehicles, cars are arguably becoming gadgets. Twenty years ago, driving from Chicago to Los Angeles would entail bringing a stack of your favorite CDs for entertainment, a road atlas so you wouldn't get lost, and a handful of quarters for the pay phone in case you had to call home. Hungry or tired? You'd need to look at the blue informational signs before each exit to find a restaurant or hotel. Now, we plug our smartphones into the car's integrated entertainment system, navigate via GPS, and surf the Internet from the passenger seat. Finding food and lodging is now a simple matter of...

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