CES 2017: Self-Driving Car Tech Roundup

CES 2017 Self-Driving Car Tech Roundup

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The Consumer Electronics Show

or CES is the premiere trade show for companies to show off their latest products and gadgets. This year found automakers and tech companies out in full force as they looked to stake their claim in the future of the transportation industry. The result was a show floor full of flashy concept cars, a slew of partnerships, and new announcements in self-driving car technology. Here's your roundup of some of the biggest developments for self-driving cars coming out of CES 2017.

1. Concept Cars and Prototypes

Ford debuted its Fusion hybrid autonomous testing vehicle They also announced they will add amazon's Alexa into its vehicles as the company focuses on connected cars and smart mobility.

Toyota unveiled the Concept-I: Toyota's vision for the warm and friendly car of the future.The concept car showcased its artificial intelligence called "Yui" which would be capable of detecting and analyzing human emotions to learn and grow a relationship between car and driver, the benefit being more safety and protection.

Honda showed their electric concept car called NeuV which also features an AI assistant utilizing an emotion engine to learn and detect drivier emotions. Honda Automated Network Assistant (HANA) would make music recommendations based on a driver's mood for example. This concept vehicle was designed to be part of an automated ride sharing fleet.

Other vehicles included Chrysler's self-driving family car concept: Portal, Faraday Future's first production vehicle FF 91, and BMW's concept for the interior of driverless cars called BMWi Inside Future.

2. Partnerships

BMW/Intel/Mobileye: Partnering to deploy 40 autonomous vehicles for testing in the second half of 2017

Nvidia/Audi: Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the companies collaboration to produce a level 4 automatic vehicle by the year 2020.

Nvidia/Mercedes-Benz: NVIDIA also partnered with Mercedes Benz to roll out a production vehicle in the next twelve months and leverage NVIDIA's specialties in AI to make an autonomous vehicle by 2020.

Delphi/Mobileye/Audi: These three companies showcased a self-driving car demo in downtown Las Vegas. They outfitted an Audi with LIDAR, radar, and camera sensor technologies in their driverless prototype.

Microsoft/ Renault-Nissan: Microsoft partners with Renault Nissan to launch its automotive tech platform and integrate Cortana into vehicles. Their goal is to "help automakers create connected car solutions that fit seamlessly with their brands, address their customers’ unique needs, competitively differentiate their products and generate new and sustainable revenue streams” says Peggy Johnson, Microsoft executive vice president of business development.

Qualcomm/Volkswagen: Qualcomm partnered with Volkswagen to equip their Volkswagen AG vehicles with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820A processor chips. They are looking to produce a connected car by 2019.

3. Self-Driving Car Technology

Automotive chipmakers Renesas and NXP displayed a variety of their latest technologies.

Other traditional computer chipmakers are also putting a lot of their focus into the automotive industry. Intel launched its Intel Go platform which aims to use a new 5G network and offer autonomous driving capabilities.

NVIDIA advertised their NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 automotive computer system and demonstrated their commitment to AI systems for self-driving cars.

Qualcomm also announced their Qualcomm Drive Data Platform which will to intelligently collect and analyze information from a vehicle’s sensors.

Nissan announced its Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system. Which will use machine learning to help inform when human intervention is required in uncertain driving situations. The system is based on technology developed by NASA.

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