Every January, more than 170,000 people and 4,000 exhibiting companies flock to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas hoping to be a part of the future of tech. This year, Adorama teamed up with RIZKNOWS to cover the event and unearth some of the biggest trends and most noteworthy products. Here's what you need to know: Cars & Vehicle Technology at CES From self-driving cars to all-electric vehicles, CES 2018 covered it all. The entire North Concourse of LVCC was overrun by automotive innovation.
If you had your heart set on an Apple iCar to go with your iPhone and Apple Watch, take a deep breath and prepare to be disappointed. Forbes reported Wednesday the company apparently is more interested in developing apps for self-driving cars than the cars themselves. The California Department of Motor Vehicles granted permits for Apple to test three 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs. Industry analysts say the fact that only three vehicles are involved suggests Apple is focusing on its CarPlay connectivity and infotainment platform, Forbes said. CarPlay already has a significant portion of the vehicle market.
The rise of IoT has coincided with a huge amount of fear around the impact this technology will have on jobs. Arguably, the profession most in the spotlight has been drivers, as the march of autonomous vehicle technology creates an obvious challenge to the driving profession. It's a concern that need not worry those in the driving profession, at least according to a recent report commissioned by the American Center for Mobility, led by Michigan State University, and supported by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The report suggests that even when autonomous vehicles are a widespread presence on our roads, it will only result in a modest number of trucking jobs being impacted. The authors of this report believe that the technology will be deployed in the latter half of the 2020s, at which point some in the passenger business (taxi drivers etc.) could be affected, but they suggest that the shortage of truck drivers in the industry already, coupled with the belief that the new technology will support rather than replace drivers, lends them to believe the B2B sector won't be impacted as much.
Imagine a life where you don't have to stop at all, not even at a traffic red light or a signal. What if your car was smart enough to communicate with other cars and you just don't have to deal with traffic at all. This future is not very far, carmakers across the world are working towards connected cars that could coordinate their movements in order to go through them at intersections or traffic signals without stopping. Ford is already working to make this dream a reality and has made quite a bit of progress on this end. Ford is currently testing this technology in the United Kingdom and says that this will reduce the travel time and also reduce crashes at the intersection.
Driverless car technology has been one of the most anticipated disruptions of a major global industry. Beginning with Google in 2010, the field has expanded to include other tech companies and auto manufacturers, including Uber, Lyft, Tesla, and General Motors. With so many companies jostling to be among the first to integrate artificial intelligence into the world's billion-plus automobiles, the speed with which the wider industry is expected to adopt these cutting edge technologies is impressive. By 2021, sales of connected car technologies are predicted to triple to almost 180 billion. It is not difficult to see why the driverless car industry shows such promise.