Whether we can attend or not, many of us enjoy the second week of January because it is time for the yearly Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) in Las Vegas. CES is not just for computers, TVs and phones but more and more—visions for the car of the future.
There are two big trends that several tech media have reported. One is the downplaying of driverless cars. Here are several articles on the topic:
- Carmakers Pump the Brakes on Driverless Technology at CES 2019
- At CES 2019, Autonomous Vehicle Firms Play Down Expectations
- Aptiv CTO calls 2021 ‘overly aggressive’ for AV debuts
At the same time, 25 top automakers and tech companies have formed a partnership to promote driverless car technology. The coalition will be called Partners for Automated Vehicle Education or wait for it, PAVE. The aim—to educate the public and policymakers about the potential of automated vehicles, transform transportation by making is safer and more sustainable. In other words, these companies want to make money and even though the consumer is not clamoring for driverless vehicles, this coalition wants to make sure that you are on board.
I have attempted to categorize the other announcements, showcases, panel discussions based on area of tech:
Auto Tech in General
- Bosch wants to replace your car keys with a smartphone and an app
- Chinese car startup Byton is moving the touchscreen to where you least expect it
- Dystopian Rearview Mirrors Will Remember You with an Iris Scan
- Mobileye proposes automatic preventative breaking to eliminate ‘nearly all’ rear-end collisions
Connected Vehicles with the Internet of Things
- 5G is even more of a confusing mess than ever
- Building a mobility operating system requires leadership of cities, says Los Angeles DoT
- Ford Breaks With Auto Rivals by Committing To C-V2X Vehicle Communications Tech
- Honda Dream Drive lets drivers buy stuff directly from their dashboard display
- Toyota Plans to Share Life-Saving Driving Technology with Rivals
- Panasonic showcases intelligent highways and an electric Harley-Davidson you can ride on them
- Sprint pairs Curiosity IoT with 5G to power smart cities, autonomous vehicles in SC & GA
Driverless Cars, Shuttles and Trucks (in alphabetical order of company)
- The best car we saw at CES 2019
- For auto tech at CES 2019, ‘user experience’ becomes the key
- Consumer electronics know-how helping automakers
- CEO Chris Urmson Says Aurora Is ‘Building the Driver’ for Driverless Cars
- China’s Baidu goes open source with Openedge analytics platform and Apollo driverless stack
- A Look inside Bosch’s Driverless Shuttle
- Daimler abandons truck platooning to focus on automation
- Imagry Debuts Autonomous Vehicle Mapless Platform at CES 2019
- NVIDIA Introduces DRIVE AutoPilot
- Here’s why a little-known autonomous trucking company is beating Tesla and Waymo in the race …
- STEER Introduces Self-Parking Technology to Las Vegas during CES 2019
- TomTom debuts end-to-end autonomous driving system at CES 2019
- Toyota Introducing New Automated Test Vehicle in Las Vegas
- Russian Company Yandex Demonstrates Self-Driving Car Technologies on the streets of Las Vegas during CES 2019
Flying Cars/Taxis and Drones
- Equity, Teamwork Key to Enabling ‘Flying Taxis’ in Cities
- Bell is building a self-flying air taxi, and it brought a prototype to CES 2019
- Packages could be delivered by robodogs riding in robotaxis, Continental hopes
Some Way Out There Tech
- With Audi Holoride, I was the Disney VR hero in the backseat of an e-tron
- Hyundai shows off ‘walking car’ at CES 2019
- Hyundai shows off holographic head-up navigation system at CES 2019
Fun stuff, but for most of us…just a dream away.
Next Week on NMA’s Auto Tech Watch, I will wrap up the rest of the goodies from CES 2019 and look at any news and announcements coming from the last January Detroit Auto Show.
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