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!
DVN Chief Editor