Shiny New Objects at CES 2018

The NMA Foundation presents The Car of the Future weekly feature:

January always gives a one-two punch for auto technology. First the CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) hits Las Vegas with everything from headphones to autonomous vehicles (AV) showcased quickly followed by the Detroit Auto Show, one of the world’s most important car showcase events.

This week, at CES 2018 the car of the future was indeed on display with a number of company announcements, major reports released and of course, the I-witness accounts of events.

Digitaltrends.com covered the event including this overview of everything automotive at CES 2018.

Jalopnik reported that auto execs finally admitted that our driverless future isn’t two years away. Bloomberg echoed that thought with an article called Don’t Worry, Petrolheads. Driverless Cars are Still Years Away.

The Detroit Free Press reported that CES 2018 highlighted the idea that automakers want to get to autonomous car Levels 4 and 5 as quickly as possible.

Here are a number of highlighted company announcements:

Ford announced how it plans to connect cars, bikes and stoplights.

By 2019, GM plans to make an autonomous car without a steering wheel and pedals.

Hyundai announced it plans to marry autonomous driving with hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

Nvidia, Baidu, and ZF team up for mass production of AV AI.

Nvidia also announced that its software platform will be bringing augmented reality to many models of AVs such as in the Uber, Volvo, VW, Toyota and Roborace.

Panasonic revealed an autonomous car that doubles as a relaxation station and that Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa will be part of the infotainment package.

Technology giant Samsung introduced their own DRVLINE Autonomous Vehicle Platform. The company plans to push automakers to create fully automated level 5 vehicles using their open and modular platform.

Toyota had fun unveiling a self-driving vehicle called E-Palette with surprising uses (Did someone order a pizza?). Their car has no windshield nor seats but has flexibility to drive passengers and serve as a delivery van. In other words, a multipurpose urban runabout.

During CES 2018, Insurance giant AIG released a report titled, The Future of Mobility and Shifting Risk, which attempts to answer the big question, “Who is Responsible for Accidents in Driverless Cars?”

Here are two worthy I-witness accounts from CES 2018:

A Forbes columnist writes: What I learned about Self-Driving Cars at CES (Psst…They’re almost here)

An MIT Technology Review writer had fun test driving AVs in Las Vegas and writes: And the Award for the most nauseating self-driving car goes to…

Next week, the world will enjoy the Detroit Auto Show.  Here is a sneak peek from USA Today.

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