2017 CES Driverless Favorites and Reflections

While I was not able to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, I have greatly enjoyed following the buzz around it. Automakers and technology developers have been saving up their biggest headlines for this event. I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the past few days:

Nvidia CES 2017 Keynote: Google Home AI, Cloud Gaming Service, AI Co-Pilot For Your Car: “Nvidia’s self-driving car system, the Drive PX, will now not only try to understand the environment around the car, but it will also use AI to understand what’s going on in the interior of the vehicle. Nvidia-powered cars will be able to watch which direction the driver’s head is turned, where their eyes are gazing and read their lips so the car’s AI can understand instructions even if there’s loud music playing. Huang said the car’s AI will be able to understand if the driver is angry and tell them to pull over to the side of the road if it doesn’t look like they’re prepared to drive.”

Honda Unveils First Electric Ride-Sharing Concept Car: “Honda says the two-seat vehicle could be programmed to pick up and drop off passengers when its owner isn’t using it, or to sell back remaining energy to the grid…It studies driver’s reactions and patterns using AI technology developed with SoftBank, and makes recommendations on music and tips on daily driving habits. Honda also throws in an electric skateboard in the NeuV storage compartment to go the last mile.

Faraday Future’s Embarrassing Malfunction: Faraday Future unveiled its first production car (“FF91”), but one of its demos did not go well. As stated in this article, “The stakes are incredibly high for FF, which has had a tumultuous year marked by a lot of hype, explosive growth, high-profile staff departures, lawsuits, failed payments, and questions about the company’s relationship with Jia and his company LeEco.”

Alliance for Transportation Innovation Announces 2017 Autonomous Vehicle Cross-Country Road Tour: The “AV Road Trip” will bring self-driving technology directly to the public in cities across America. Check out an EasyMile vehicle.

There were lots of fun demos with exciting interiors and exteriors expected with driverless vehicles (BMW, Chrysler’s mini-van, Faraday Future’s FF91)

Lots of unveiling of new in-car communication tools (Toyota, Hyundai/Google Home, Nissan/Microsoft, Chrysler/Google Android, Ford/Amazon Echo)

And, of course, there were loads of announcements around the arrival of Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles by the carmakers (e.g., Nissan, BMW/Intel/Mobileye, Audi/NVIDIA).

Anyone else have anything interesting from the 2017 CES to share?

About Lauren Isaac

I am the Manager of Transportation Sustainability at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Recently, I won the William Barclay Parsons fellowship for my research proposal to study how the United States government should respond to driverless cars. As I'm working on my research, I thought this blog would help to disseminate my findings and provide a forum for feedback.
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One Response to 2017 CES Driverless Favorites and Reflections

  1. Blair Schlecter says:

    You did a great job summarizing for not having attended! Citylab has a nice piece on some conclusions from the conference – http://www.citylab.com/tech/2017/01/the-future-of-autonomous-vehicles-is-shared/512417/

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