DETROIT - With the 2013 North American International Auto Show officially open to the public, there is a feeling of excitement in the air as visitors near and far flock to see the latest from automakers.
If one thing is for sure, this year's auto show in Detroit is definitely interactive. Automakers truly went all out to provide attendees with answers to questions they may have, providing codes to scan with your phones, games, presenters and touch-screen displays.
Some of the vehicles that seemed to grab the most amount of attention on Saturday were the new Chevy Corvette Stingray, the Ford Atlas concept and Tesla Model S.
"That right there? That's my car," said one visitor about the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL Coupe.
In the Ford exhibit, participants were able to vote in via text message and answer a question that displayed on two giant displays. Whoever answered the question correctly was given a free Ford T-shirt.
As you walk around Cobo, you may notice a number of tunes playing in the background. If you feel the need to dance, stop by the Kia Motors exhibit, where you can dance along with a huge screen that shows off your performance.
In the Michelin area, attendees can place their hands on a panel that allows you to feel what the tire of a car feels as it rides through different terrains.
ZF Friedrichshafen offers a hands-on approach to allow people to explore the different types of materials they use. One exhibit had six different types of materials, in which you could lift the block and place objects on a nearby screen to learn more about how something is made and put together.
The Toyota exhibit features a fun motion-controlled game called "Drive Land," powered by Kinect. Players use their hands to steer and race their vehicle on a track. Also in the Toyota exhibit, check out the new Toyota Fun-Vii concept, which allows you to design the exterior of the car.
The fun doesn't end there. If you're looking for a fun game to try out and test your gaming skills, in the Chevrolet exhibit, people can try out the Chevrolet Football Club challenge.
If you're looking to share with your family and friends a photo of you inside one of the many vehicles on display at NAIAS, Dodge offers visitors the opportunity to take a photo inside one of their vehicles. Those who take a photo can then share the photo online with Facebook, Flickr or Twitter.
Finally, also gaining a lot of attention on Saturday was an appearance from former NFL player Barry Sanders, who signed autographs in the GMC exhibit.
Summing up, there is so much to do at NAIAS this year and there are many ways to stay connected. In fact, it may take more than a day to truly experience everything the auto show has to offer. There is something fun and interactive for everyone of all ages.
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