No one could have ever
imagined that a consumer electronics show would one day put to shame a hard
core automobile show with its display of new cars and technologies. Well, with
cars today stuffed with loads of electronics and gizmos, it’s as though these cars
are iPads on four wheels!
The CES 2017 show was held
early January 2017 in the city of Las Vegas in the United States. It was the
50th anniversary of the largest global gathering of innovation and
connectivity, which saw some ground-breaking products being introduced. It was
not just cars, but 5G, clothes, content, health care, sports, travel, smart
cities, robotics, etc that debuted at this world’s largest innovation event. In
short, it showcased the connected future of technology. With more than 3,800
exhibiting companies and exhibit space of more than 2.6 million net square
feet, CES 2017 was a record-breaker, welcoming the world’s biggest companies in
addition to hosting more than 600 startups at the Eureka Park Marketplace. More
than 175,000 industry professionals, including 55,000 from outside the U.S.,
convened in Las Vegas to drive the ever-evolving global technology industry
Connectivity was everywhere at
CES 2017 – enabling nearly every product category, from self-driving cars and
smart cities to digital health and 5G – and a major focus throughout CES
AUDI, NVIDIA TEAM UP TO BRING FULLY AUTOMATED DRIVING
Audi has partnered with Nvidia
to use artificial intelligence in delivering highly automated vehicles starting
year 2020. Audi and Nvidia are long-time partners, merging the best of
automotive engineering and visual computing technologies on Audi innovations
such as Audi MMI navigation and the Audi virtual cockpit. Later this year Audi,
will introduce the world’s first Level 3 automated vehicle equipped with a
first-generation central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, that integrates
Nvidia computing hardware and software.
To showcase their progress,
Audi and Nvidia developed an Audi Q7 piloted driving concept vehicle, which
uses neural networks and end-to-end deep learning on Nvidia's artificial
intelligence platform to navigate a complex course. The vehicle learns from
both the road and the driver in every mile it travels and can handle
unpredictable situations like roadblocks, construction and changes in weather.
This demonstration illustrates the power of end-to-end deep learning and how it
will be one of many neural networks running simultaneously inside of an
artificial intelligence car.
BMW I PILOTS AUGMENTED REALITY PRODUCT VISUALISER POWERED BY TANGO
BMW i is the first automotive
brand in the world to offer customers an interactive, 3-D augmented reality
experience of their products in a pilot programme which was rolled-out from
January 5, 2017. Using Tango, Google’s smartphone augmented reality technology,
customers can explore their ideal BMW i3 or i8, as a real-size, interactive
Piloting initially in a
double-digit number of sales outlets, selected Product Geniuses will be
provided with a consumer mobile device which is Tango-enabled. Using this, they
can then support customers to visualize and experience the BMW i products,
using augmented reality to create a 3-D image which can be explored
interactively: the customer can open the boot or the doors, even getting
“inside” the car to take a closer look at the interior. Eric Johnsen, Head of
Business Development for Augmented Reality at Google, said, “The thing that
sets Tango apart is the fact that it understands the context of the space that
it’s in. So the wheels are really on the floor, for example, giving the whole
experience a much more realistic feel.”
BMWi is the first automotive
brand to use Tango to provide customers with this interactive experience. The
BMW i Visualiser was designed and developed by Accenture, integrating BMW i
picture data of the vehicles into an app which uses Tango technology. It offers
customers a new and interactive way to experience the car, with functions that
enable customers to open the door or switch on the lights. In order to keep the
user-experience as intuitive and simple as possible, the app is a visualiser
instead of a full configurator, where features such as interior and exterior
colours or wheel rims can be altered at a touch of the screen. Once the visualisation
is complete, the customer can save the data and share it with others, including
BMW i sales outlets, via social media, email or QR code.
FARADAY FUTURE REVEALS FF91 E-CAR
Faraday Future (FF), an advanced
mobility company with headquarters in Silicon Valley and Southern California in
the US and a company which is part of Formula E motorsport revealed FF 91
(“nine one”), its first production vehicle, at an exclusive event prior to the
2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Built upon the company’s Variable
Platform Architecture (VPA), FF 91 represents a bold new breed of electric
mobility that combines supercar performance, precise handling, the comfort of
an ultra-luxury passenger vehicle, and a unique collection of intelligent
internet features, says a company press release.
FF’s proprietary VPA is a
flexible powertrain system featuring a monocoque vehicle structure in which the
chassis and body are a single form – providing measurable improvements in
overall vehicle rigidity, safety and handling. An available all-wheel drive
system offers greater traction, control and precise power distribution. The VPA
also houses class-leading battery technology, multiple motor and battery
configurations, as well as the company’s first patent: the FF
FF 91’s powertrain features a
multi-motor setup, enabling real-time torque vectoring to the rear wheels. This
technology delivers superior acceleration, safety while leveraging rear-wheel
steering for agile cornering, allowing drivers to confidently execute maneuvers
like merging onto freeways or accelerating out of dangerous scenarios. Peak
motor power is 783 kW, equating to 1050 HP, delivering a record-breaking 0-60
mph time of 2.39 seconds.
FF 91’s battery technology
doesn’t sacrifice range for performance. Outfitted with a 130 kWh battery, FF
91 achieves a range of 378 miles (EPA est.) and over 700 km (NEDC est.) from
the world’s highest energy density battery, engineered in partnership with LG
Chem. Similarly, the system’s compact design enables more cabin space for
greater comfort and safety. FF 91 also has the fastest charge speed currently
available, with the ability to charge at more than 500 miles per hour. The home
charger, included with the vehicle, achieves 50 percent to full charge in under
4.5 hours at 240V.
FCA US DEBUTS CHRYSLER PORTAL CONCEPT
The Chrysler Portal concept
explores the possibility of what a family transportation vehicle could look
like for the millennial generation as their lifestyles evolve. The flexibility,
adaptability and technology features also make it ideal for business and
commercial applications, such as ride hailing, car sharing and delivery
Designed from the inside out,
the interior of the Chrysler Portal concept offers the driver and passengers a “third
space” – an open and serene atmosphere that provides an alternative environment
between work and home.
Spacious and modern, the
interior features soft, clean, sculptural lines that are coloured in a mix of
neutral and grey hues accented by jewel tones; the interior space takes
advantage of a tasteful and elegant mix of textures and materials.
Premium seating is standard for all occupants
with thin-design seats that fold flat, fold up and slide fore/aft on a track
system for ultimate flexibility. The seats mount to tracks embedded in the
floor. This enables the seats to move the full length of the vehicle and, if
needed, to be removed easily from the rear of the vehicle.
Battery-electric vehicle technology
contributes to cabin spaciousness with a minimized engine compartment and a
low, flat-load floor atop the battery pack that is ideal for transporting
people and equipment for an active lifestyle.
The Chrysler Portal concept
was created in collaboration with supplier partners who shared their innovations
and expertise to bring to life future technologies. These partners include
Adient, Magneti Marelli, Panasonic Automotive and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Up to eight docking stations,
located in the instrument panel and seats, can be used for charging and
securing mobile phones and tablet devices.
The Chrysler Portal concept is
estimated to have more than 250 miles of range on a full charge.
NEW SYNC APPLINK CAPABILITY FROM FORD
With most smartphone owners
saying they use navigation apps while driving, Ford Motor Company introduced a
new SYNC AppLink capability that will project navigation apps directly from a
smartphone to the vehicle touch screen. Sygic Car Navigation is first to take
advantage of the new capability.
When a smartphone is paired to
the vehicle via USB cable, control of the Sygic app is removed from the device.
The app is automatically projected to the vehicle touch screen making the
navigation app more convenient to manage. The technology aims to reduce a
driver’s urge to pick up and look at a mobile device.
Sygic is the first mobile
navigation app to take advantage of Ford AppLink capability to move mobile
navigation from the phone screen to the in-vehicle touch screen. Available in more
than 200 countries and about 40 languages, Sygic technology is used by 150
million smartphone owners across the globe. The Sygic Car Navigation app is
optimised to work seamlessly with Ford SYNC 3 – giving drivers more choice in
how they navigate.
HONDA INTRODUCES “COOPERATIVE MOBILITY ECOSYSTEM”
Moto Riding Assist, NeuV
concept mini-vehicle leverage Honda’s R&D investments
Honda unveiled its Cooperative
Mobility Ecosystem concept, connecting the power of artificial intelligence,
robotics and big data to transform the mobility experience of the future and
improve customers’ quality of life. Featuring a number of prototype and concept
technology demonstrations at CES, the Honda concept envisions a future where
vehicles will communicate with each other and infrastructure to mitigate
traffic congestion and eliminate traffic fatalities, while increasing the
productivity of road users and delivering new types of in-vehicle entertainment
experiences. Vehicles will create new value by autonomously providing services
when not in use by their owners.
Honda also announced
collaborations with Visa, DreamWorks Animation and innovative start-ups through
the Honda Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator open innovation programmes
based out of Honda Silicon Valley Lab.
Supporting its Cooperative
Mobility Ecosystem theme, Honda introduced the Honda NeuV, an electric
automated mini-vehicle concept equipped with an artificial intelligence (AI)
“emotion engine” and automated personal assistant, creating new possibilities for
human interaction and new value for customers.
The global mobility company
also introduced the Honda Moto Riding Assist, a concept motorcycle that applies
Honda’s robotics technology to maintain balance. Visitors also experienced firsthand
Honda robotics technology by “test-driving” the UNI-CUB, the company’s
self-balancing personal mobility device.
In a global debut at CES,
Honda unveiled its Moto Riding Assist technology, which leverages Honda’s
robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces
the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest. Rather than
relying on gyroscopes, which add a great deal of weight and alter the riding
experience as announced by other companies, the Honda Moto Riding Assist
incorporates technology originally developed for the company’s UNI-CUB personal
LESEE FROM LEECO
Founded by visionary YT Jia in
2004, LeEco, a leading global internet company, showcased LeSEE, a fresh interpretation of a classic Grand
Tourer, enhanced by a cab-forward design. LeEco’s LeTV.com business is the
first streaming video company in China to go public. Today, it is home to over
53 million daily unique visitors, who enjoy a content library that is
unrivalled in depth and breadth, with more than 100,000 TV episodes and 5,000
LeSEE with its cab-forward
design, allows for even weight distribution, a larger interior volume and
optimised aerodynamics. The dynamic front fascia is more like a screen than a
traditional face – its expression adapts to the car’s environment. Its unique
ice-white body colour transitions from crisp white to gentle blue depending on
the viewing angle and evokes the balance of a glacier’s fragile and regal
qualities, something to be respected and cherished.
With this vehicle, LeEco
showcases what a car can be when cutting-edge technology is harmoniously
blended with the needs of society. LeSEE combines the latest autonomous driving
technologies, internet connectivity, car-sharing capabilities, and curated LeTV
content to offer a modern vision for future transportation.
Mercedes-Benz Vans exhibited
for the first time at this year's CES in Las Vegas. The presence at the
Consumer Electronics Show underpinned Mercedes-Benz Vans' transformation into a
supplier of holistic system solutions for the transport sector – a process
initiated by the van manufacturer's strategic future initiative adVANce.
Mercedes-Benz Vans' exhibits at CES included the van study "Vision
Van", which was presented to the public for the first time in September
The Vision Van from
Mercedes-Benz Vans impressively combines the fields of transport and
digitisation, integrating information and technologies on an unprecedented
level. It is the first van worldwide to serve as an integrated concept for a
completely digitally connected process chain from the goods distribution depot
to the consignee. It features a fully automated load compartment, integrated
drones for autonomous air deliveries and a state-of-the-art joystick control.
Powered by a 75 kW electric drive system with a range of up to 270 km,
deliveries with the Vision Van are emission-free and virtually silent.
Combining cloud-based control software with optimised hardware, the Vision Van
sets new standards in efficiency, quality and flexibility for last-mile
CARLOS GHOSN ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES
In his 2017 Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) keynote, Nissan chairman of the board and chief
executive officer Carlos Ghosn announced several technologies and partnerships
as part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility blueprint for transforming how cars
are driven, powered, and integrated into wider society. These technologies will
advance mobility toward a zero-emission, zero-fatality future on the roads.
Ghosn made five key announcements, which were further demonstrated on
To accelerate the time it will
take for autonomous vehicles to get on the road safely, Ghosn announced a
breakthrough technology called "Seamless Autonomous Mobility," or
SAM. Developed from NASA technology, SAM partners in-vehicle artificial
intelligence (AI) with human support to help autonomous vehicles make decisions
in unpredictable situations and build the knowledge of in-vehicle AI. This
technology could potentially enable millions of driverless cars to co-exist
with human drivers in an accelerated timeline. It is part of Nissan Intelligent
Taking the carmaker's
autonomous drive strategy another step further, Ghosn announced that leading a
Renault-Nissan Alliance engagement, Nissan and Japanese internet company DeNA
will begin tests aimed at developing driverless vehicles for commercial
services. The first phase of testing will begin this year in designated zones
in Japan, with a focus on technology development. By 2020, Nissan and DeNA plan
to expand the scope of their tests to include the commercial usage of
driverless technology for mobility services in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
In addition to advancements in
Nissan's autonomous driving strategy, Ghosn also announced plans to launch a
new Nissan LEAF, with ProPILOT technology, enabling autonomous drive
functionality for single-lane highway driving. This new LEAF will build on the
company's leadership in electric vehicles, which includes having sold more than
250,000 Nissan LEAFs sold worldwide since 2010. Ghosn said the new LEAF is
coming in the near future and represents the next chapter of Nissan Intelligent
On connected cars, which
combine Nissan Intelligent Driving and Nissan Intelligent Integration, Ghosn
announced that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is continuing its partnership with
Microsoft to build the next generation of connected car technologies. The
keynote included a demonstration of how Microsoft's personal assistant
technology Cortana can make driving more efficient and seamless. Cortana is one
of the technologies that the Alliance and Microsoft are exploring together.
To support the policy
environment and planning needed to integrate these technologies into the
world's cities, Ghosn announced a new partnership with 100 Resilient Cities -
Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). 100RC is a global non-profit
working to help cities build resilience to physical, social and economic
challenges. Together, Nissan and 100RC will help cities lay the groundwork for
autonomous drive, electric vehicles, and new mobility services. Nissan is
100RC's first automotive platform partner.
PANASONIC PRESENTS VISION FOR AUTONOMOUS CABIN OF FUTURE
Panasonic revealed an exciting
new concept that points the way to how the autonomous car will fit in with the
lives of regular consumers. Panasonic took the wraps off its Autonomous Cabin
Concept, a world-first for the company, which boasts its next-generation
infotainment and connectivity expertise all wrapped up in a futuristic
four-seater cabin full of surprise and delight features.
Following on from Panasonic’s
Advanced Cockpit Concept, which was unveiled at last year’s CES, the Autonomous
Cabin Concept is a natural next step, boasting the very latest in touch
displays, smart materials and augmented reality to make travelling in the
autonomous car of the future as fun and as important to everyday life as a
smartphone is today.
The Autonomous Cabin Concept
shows how an autonomous car can be the ultimate in versatility, providing the
perfect extension to the workspace on the one hand, switching to the perfect
family zone on the other, through creative, innovative and informative
displays, connectivity and augmented reality.
PANASONIC NEXT-GENERATION AUGMENTED REALITY HEAD-UP DISPLAY
Panasonic also revealed its
next-generation vehicle display system – technology that allows drivers to keep
their eyes on the road and stay informed like never before. Panasonic
Automotive’s Head Up Display (HUD) with Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the
world’s most sophisticated systems. It is capable of projecting very large
virtual images in the driver’s eye line, using AR to enhance the real world
with HUD-generated imagery. Combined, HUD with AR gives the driver more information
and can warn him or her of potential dangers. It also replaces the traditional
instrument cluster and with everything running through the HUD, many of the
car’s traditional physical controls are replaced too.
With drivers subjected to many
potential distractions on the move – from making Bluetooth phone calls to
receiving dynamic satellite navigation instructions – Panasonic’s new HUD with
AR seeks to simplify that workload by keeping the driver’s eyes where they
should be: on the road.
features a very compact HUD system, but one that it is capable of projecting
very large virtual images – up to 12-degrees to the horizontal and 5-degrees to
the vertical – into the driver’s visual path at a distance of 10m in front of
the vehicle. Teamed with multiple around-vehicle cameras, the system brings
unprecedented levels of visual information to the driver.
Augmented Reality technology
means that this HUD can then be used to make the driver aware of potential
dangers. Because the system recognizes objects in the path of the car, it can
warn the driver by displaying alerts in the HUD, distinguishing between
pedestrians, other vehicles and other objects, if they are potentially on a
The system uses a total of
eight cameras: a rear camera, front camera, night vision camera, a down side
view camera, two additional side view cameras and two cameras which track the
driver’s head and eyes.
RINSPEED CONCEPT VEHICLE “OASIS”
You can count on Swiss
automotive visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht when it comes to reimagining
mobility. With the Rinspeed concept vehicle “Oasis,” the ingenious self-driving
electric vehicle for the city and surrounding areas, he refutes the deeply
ingrained notion of the urban jungle that requires SUVs the size of battle
tanks for the daily struggle for survival. His alternative concept: a
maneuverable speedster with an integrated small garden plot behind the
The Rinspeed boss therefore
challenges the martial appearance with mobile urban gardening. With its large
glazed areas and shrouds on the front wheels, the refined and swift two-seat
runabout looks rather futuristic and is somewhat reminiscent of a modern
interpretation of famous Star Wars icon R2D2. They both can turn on their
wheels with almost a zero radius. In the case of the “Oasis,” thanks to a
special steering angle, two in-wheel electric motors and torque vectoring, all
developed by ZF on Lake Constance.
The self-driving Swiss vehicle
is not a wallflower or strictly functional like the Google Car, but rather
“next gen” - with a host of technical and visual treats inside. Because in
keeping with a great tradition, the twenty-third Rinspeed concept car was again
engineered by Swiss company 4erC and executed by Esoro.
The “Oasis” lets its driver
know that several Facebook friends with similar tastes have recently liked a
new restaurant that just opened nearby. A quick ‘Ok’ signaled to the personal
assistant of the “Oasis,” and the table has been reserved. That fast. To
interact with the Harman system, the occupants use a slightly curved 5K
widescreen display with voice- or gesture-control that spans the width of the
“Oasis” in front of its passengers. In manual mode, it presents the most
important information in condensed form. The images of the electronic rear view
mirrors are dimmed when not needed.
The steering wheel from ZF
folds flat and thus turns into a keyboard or work surface. The car thus becomes
a self-driving office on wheels, complete with Office productivity software and
Skype video telephony with live translation. The personal assistant not only
knows which of the occupants is talking to it at the time, but also in what
language the occupant speaks. The “Oasis” passengers are able to exchange and
share interesting news on social media channels by using swiping gestures. In
keeping with a ten-year tradition, a mechanical Carl F. Bucherer watch is
integrated on the steering column. What is more: On the “Oasis,” the new Manero
Flyback is rewound by the steering motions.
TOYOTA SHOWCASES CONCEPT-I
Toyota’s Concept-i showcases
the company's views that vehicles of the future should start with the people
who use them. The Concept-i was designed
by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research in Newport Beach, California, while the user
experience technology was developed in the Toyota Innovation Hub in San
Francisco. The 'Kinetic Warmth' philosophy is what the Concept-i has been
created around. The philosophy is centred around the fact that mobility
technology must be warm, welcoming and fun. The Concept-i has resulted in a
focus on building an immersive and energetic user experience. It is also able
to anticipate people's needs and improve qualitative experiences by leveraging
the power of an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) system.
The AI in Concept-i is capable
of learning alongside the driver and builds a meaningful and human
relationship. The AI is able to recognise driving patterns, schedules, measure
emotions which have been mapped against where and when the driver travels
around the world. The AI system also leverages advanced automated vehicle
technologies to help improve driving safety using and combine with visual and
haptic stimuli to augment communication based on driver responsiveness.
Concept-i avoids screens on
the central console to reveal information when and where it’s needed. Coloured
lights in the foot wells indicate whether the vehicle is in automated or manual
drive; discrete projectors in the rear deck project views onto the seat pillar
to help warn about blind spots, and a next-generation head up helps keep the
driver’s eyes and attention on the road.
VOLKSWAGEN DEMONSTRATES FUTURE OF DIGITAL PERSONALISATION
Under the slogan “We are
always on,” Volkswagen enabled CES 2017 attendees to experience its vision of
tomorrow’s mobility, moving away from the traditional car and consumer
relationship, towards a new digital community—one that is intelligently
connected and sustainably mobile.
Visitors to the show
experienced this conception live, in three themed zones. In the “Connected
Community,” the focus was on the interconnected consumer. Using a unique
Volkswagen User-ID, each user was able to configure his or her personal digital
preferences, enabling them to easily take them from one Volkswagen to another.
No matter which vehicle they entered, their favourite music, screen
configurations and optimal seating positions greeted them on arrival.
“Intuitive Usability” then provided a preview of future control concepts—from a
three-dimensional instrument cluster and Eyetracking sensors to an AR Head-up
In the “Smart Sustainability”
zone, Volkswagen used the North American debut of the electric I.D. concept car
to demonstrate zero-emissions and autonomous driving in combination with an
all-new design style. The I.D. brings together the four Volkswagen fields of
innovation: Connected Community, Intuitive Usability, Smart Sustainability and
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