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.
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.
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.
Science-fiction visionaries have long promised us all kinds of futuristic transportation options, and while jetpacks and teleportation are still some ways off, the technologies are finally in place to make self-driving cars a reality. It's time for automakers to put the pedal to the metal as they compete with technology companies and other industry disruptors to put partially or fully autonomous vehicles on American roads. The auto industry has a head start: After decades of investments, today's vehicles offer many partially autonomous features like lane departure systems, adaptive cruise control, and emergency braking. Emerging technologies could enable even more vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity, making the leap to fully driverless cars even smaller. In fact, executives from several leading automakers foresee advanced self-driving technology being available by 2021 or even sooner;1 some envision vehicles without steering wheels or pedals to be driven by advanced technology and sensors and not people.
Smart car (HUD), Autonomous self-driving mode vehicle on metro city road iot concept with graphic sensor radar signal system and internet sensor connect. Also known as autonomous vehicles, cars and trucks with self-driving capabilities are becoming increasingly prevalent in the new car market. Features like adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, which can slow a vehicle and even bring it to a stop while leaving cruise control engaged, are found on Mazdas, Hondas and other makes that sell millions of new cars every year. The success of these features has apparently persuaded some drivers to change their tunes about self-driving cars. The latest AAA Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey found that the number of U.S. drivers who say they are afraid to drive in self-driving cars has declined from 78 percent to 63 percent over the last year.