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Munich Seats All Gone, DVN at CES
Monday, 15 January 2018

Firstly: the Munich DVN Workshop is all sold out. If you wished to attend, you will be put on a waiting list—registration is now closed. We're very excited about the top-notch roster of speakers, exhibitors, and discussion sessions on the docket for this event on 30–31 January; surely we don't want you to miss it.

This week's DVN is focused on CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This year's show smashed all previous attendance records; an estimated 200 kilopeople walked the halls, not counting exhibitors. That's particularly impressive in light of the fact that the show is closed to the general public; it's an industry-only trade show and attending involves a vetted application process. 2018 was the fifty-first year of the show's existence, but until recently it was what its name says: a show of consumer electronics. Recently, though, automotive-related content has been growing by leaps and bounds. That's a natural consequence of the increasing amount and importance of electronics in automobiles and the rise of ADAS, AVs and EVs, V2x communications, smart headlamps, and smart cities. It's also a reason why the show is officially called "CES" now, rather than the "Consumer Electronics Show".

There were many companies well worth visiting. Some large and well known, some small and mostly undiscovered, and a great many brand-new startups eager to bring their ideas and wares to the future mobility market— the Byton EV startup from China showed their first concept car at CES this year, and it appears to be aimed directly at Tesla. In this week's in-depth article, we present a preview of the forthcoming DVN Report on CES 2018 as well as a selection of other articles on technology on display at the show. It is certainly fascinating to see the topography of our driver and vehicle vision world shifting and drifting in sync with the changes reshaping our industry!

Yours sincerely,

DVN Chief Editor

 

In depth...

Light and Magic at CES
Monday, 15 January 2018

For the first time this year, DVN attended CES. With an estimated 200,000 attendees—all involved in some manner with the consumer electronics industry; the show's closed to the general public—it's the largest of the many trade shows held every year in the sprawling exhibition centres amidst the garish gambler's paradise that is the Las Vegas strip. The name of the show has grown a little misleading in recent years; it sounds like it would be dedicated to video and audio equipment and computer gear, and certainly there's lots of that. But as the electronics world and the automotive world merge and converge at an accelerating pace, and the auto industry's Silicon Valley diaspora grows big and strong, automotive technology has come to be a substantial, important chunk of CES.

This year's roster of automaker attendees included Nissan, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Jeep, and Chinese EV startup Byton chose CES 2018 to show their first concept car for the first time. It (and they) appear to have Tesla in their very clear sights. Audi were conspicuously absent—a puzzlement, given their vanguard position in the car tech race and "Vorsprung durch Technik" (progress via technology) motto. Ford's CES presence was enormous, with just one of their several exhibits covering an area the size of at least three of the largest standard-size expo spaces. In that jumbo showcase, Ford presented their foreview of future mobility centred round the notion of streets rather than roads. "Streets", Ford elucidated, "are for living. Roads are for driving." The main idea is that the streets in the smart cities of tomorrow ought to cater to all comers—whether on foot, on four wheels, on two wheels (or, we suppose, on one wheel)—and not just to motor vehicles. When advanced automobiles make it safer and easier for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to commingle in shared space, there'll be less need for traditional hard barriers dividing the space into "car" and "other" zones. This will pave the way (er, open the door) for a greatly expanded mix of uses for the streetscape.

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