The Consumer Electronics Show has come around again, with even more automotive presence than last year. Ever since the first automakers started to ditch the Detroit Motor Show for the Las Vegas technology event, CES has rapidly developed into one of the most important dates in the automotive calendar. From BMW to Yandex, companies from around the world will lock horns this week to take the mobility spotlight, through innovations spanning across the autonomous, electric, shared and connected sectors, in an event not to be missed.
Auto Futures will keep you up to date with the latest technologies on display in Nevada, reporting around-the-clock to cover breaking news from all manufacturers, suppliers and technology specialists, including exclusive interviews with top-tier executives from across the industry.
Here are a few things look out for throughout the week:
BMW will return to CES with a new interior concept within its all-electric i3 ‘Urban Suite’. This isn’t your standard i3, as the German automaker has ripped out most of the interior, with the exception of the driver’s seat and dashboard, to create an inviting space with a high feel-good factor in which to spend time.
Bosch will be illustrating how artificial intelligence and connectivity can improve everyday life, showcasing innovative solutions in the area of connected mobility and connected living. Highlights amongst the influx of Bosch technology include its IoT Shuttle, which we covered in Shanghai last year, and its revolutionary virtual sun visor that will be a welcomed edition to any vehicle.
With arguably the most popular stand at last year’s show, Bell is returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center, continuing the brand’s journey to reinvent itself in the era of vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOL). If last year is anything to go by, Bell’s stand isn’t one to miss… although, given the size of the Nexus, I don’t think visitors will have much of a choice.
Mobility maven Henrik Fisker will debut the eagerly anticipated all-electric crossover SUV, named ‘Ocean’, which will start production at the end of next year. The EV boasts a 300-mile range and is (mostly) made up of 100% recyclable materials. Definitely one EV to look out for.
Another 300-mile SUV on display in Las Vegas is Ford‘s Mustang MachE which will, for the first time in 55 years, expand the iconic Mustang family and bring the famous pony into the electric age. Through some great marketing, albeit putting the iconic logo at risk, Ford is hoping to bring together the best-selling high-performance sports coupe in the world and zero-emission transport. Not exactly a match made in heaven to most, but Ford is on to a winner with this one.
Driver monitoring specialist Smart Eye will showcase its artificial intelligence technologies to provide the next level in automotive safety and convenience at in Las Vegas. The company’s next generation of eye-tracking technology will feature drowsy and distracted driver detection, face ID and facial expression for emotion detection. Smart Eye’s goal is to connect car and driver for a safer journey today and pave the way for autonomous cars tomorrow.
CES will see companies from all over the world come together under one roof. One company that we’ll be talking to goes by the name of Strom Motors, which manufacturers 3-wheeled electric cars in Mumbai, India. Its stand will be part of the first-ever India pavilion at the technology show.
Commonly referred to as “Russia’s Google,” technology powerhouse Yandex will be providing demonstration rides in its self-driving cars with no one behind the steering wheel on the public streets of Las Vegas. The service will display the company’s growing fleet of Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles, retrofitted with autonomous technology. The cars will autonomously perform unprotected left turns, navigate around multilane streets and crosswalks in heavy traffic at speeds up to 45 mph.
These are just a few examples of what’s in store for visitors of CES this year, from old and new faces within the transport and technology sectors. Make sure to follow Auto Futures this week as we’ll be covering the event, interviewing executives from leading brands including Hyundai, TomTom, Honda, Nissan, Siemens Mobility. As always, CES will not fail to disappoint on the global stage.
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