CES show report: Automobiles, computer vision, and imaging are big trends

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Getting to CES turned out to be a bit of a problem for quite a few of us this year. Due to a string of storms, fog, and snow, dozens of flights were delayed or cancelled. We were lucky to get in pretty much on time, and after a one-hour taxi line it was a short trip to the strip. It was a short night’s sleep but then we were ready for the show to get started.

You probably know that CES is the biggest gadget show of the year. Over 170,000 people gather in Vegas to experience the very lastest in tech. Drones, VR and AR headsets, robots, wearables, 8K displays; it’s all on display. Missing were big product announcements from key companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung. It’s not hip anymore to do this at CES, but instead these companies are known to make their big announcements at private events. Still, there was plenty going on.

Over the years, CES has also become a key automotive show: Volkswagen, Audi, Ford, BMW, Toyota, Kia, Mercedes, Chevrolet all had large booths there. In addition, many Tier 1s, the companies that sell their products to the automotive OEMs, had large booths too: Magna, Bosch, Denso, Hyundai Mobis, Delphi, ZF (acquired TRW), Valeo, and Autoliv were present on the floor. NVIDIA announced its Drive PX2 platform, a 250W high-end module that includes two Tegra SOCs and two GPUs. BMW showed their mirrorless vision. Mobileye held an interesting press conference where they presented their vision of autonomous driving and gave a glimpse on their roadmap. For instance, they’re using 1.3Mpixel sensors now, but see this going to 1.7 Mpixel in 2019, and 7.2 Mpixel in 2020. Mobileye mentioned they’re already working with ON and Sony on the sensor side. They’re seeing driver monitoring as becoming more important, and spent a lot of time on the importance of mapping and planning, versus sensing only.

In case the move toward automotive continues, will CES change its name into AES, for Automotive Electronics Show?

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