What’s New With Car Tech

At CES 2018, two of the most popular topics are artificial intelligence and self-driving cars. As autonomous vehicles advance, these concepts are becoming integrated into a singular innovative experience.

Automotive updates at CES 2018

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CES, previously known as the Consumer Electronics Show, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. Managed by the Consumer Technology Association, the show was bigger than ever last year with over 4,000 exhibiting companies and almost 185,000 attendees.

The following article portrays this year’s event as the automotive displays being the main show stopper:

Wearables, voice assistants and super sleek televisions are the staples.

But this year they were overshadowed by everything on four wheels (well… except for maybe the massive blackout that left the entire convention in darkness).

Auto companies typically save more practical announcements about new cars, trucks and SUVs for the upcoming Detroit auto show. But major automakers like Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Ford have a noticeable presence at this week’s tech showcase in Las Vegas.

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Byton Smart Car

One of the coolest concept cars at the CES 2018 automotive show is the Byton smart car. (Byton stands for bytes on wheels.) The company that created the electric SUV is in Nanjing, China with a staff of former Apple and BMW engineers.

The dash display is impressive, allowing the driver and passengers to interact with it via touch, voice control, and gesture control. Safety and distraction issues have been addressed by the automakers with some features being disabled when the car is moving.

This video gives a demonstration of Byton’s capabilities:

The Byton will be available in 2019 for $45,000. Taking the position of bridging the gap between our “dumb” driving past and our “smart” driving future with the incorporation of Amazon Alexa and a maximum range of over 320 miles makes them a practical option.

The CES convention has become the premier place to show off self-driving technologies, aftermarket enhancements, and smart mobility along with allowing participation in ride-and-drive experiences. There are also some unusual concept vehicles that could have an impact on how brick and mortar businesses operate.

e-Palette Concept

The e-Palette concept was outlined by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, which is basically a store on wheels. Initial launch partners include Amazon and Pizza Hut.

This article provides more information on whether or not this mobile idea will take off:

Mobile ecommerce

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*Fixed locations in retail no longer work. Retailers have to become digital and the US has too many malls. Much of this retail space will go away and be reformatted over time. Nevertheless, physical locations matter to the customer experience, but enterprises don’t need the fixed investment. E-Palette could be a way to offer pop-up stores, bring retail to customers and offer unique experiences quickly.

*E-Palette concept vehicles serve as building blocks for scalable infrastructure. Toyota noted health care as a key industry. Indeed, e-Palette vehicles could be used by health care facilities to reach neighborhoods during high demand times like flu season.

*The global population is used to delivery. E-Palette is a concept that could bring services to the customer just as goods are delivered today.

*Autonomous driving and e-Palette could play a key role in delivering smart city services. Governments could find the e-Palette concept interesting as a way to deliver services and reach populations. Perhaps services like pop-up libraries can reach underserved neighborhoods.

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CES 2018 is one of the biggest hot spots in the world for consumer technologies and is a premier event for the automotive industry. It will be interesting to see which concepts become a reality.