1. Enabling technologies mature
Suppliers are sometimes drowned out
in all the noise of CES, but their launches serve as a useful barometer for
what carmakers may be showing off at CES 2021. This year you’ll see a host of
enabling technologies become more mature, including sound cancellation
from Harman, smart lighting from Magneti Marelli, new displays from Mitsubishi Electric,
digital mirrors from Panasonic, automotive Edge Computing from Denso and parking-optimised positioning
systems from Alps.
2. Privacy and Security by Design
Apple’s only visible presence at CES this week is a 20ft billboard
reminding attendees of the importance of privacy - a topic high on the
automotive industry’s mind as they consider partnerships with Internet giants.
Reflecting this need, Otonomo will be showcasing their GDPR-compliant
‘Neutral Server’, which at least one car maker is expected to announce support
for. Security will also be a quiet yet important topic, with Denso demonstrating how Blockchain
can help combat cyber threats, and Blackberry unveiling a suite of new security tools for 3rd parties to
3. V2X and Smart Cities get more
The not-so-hard to miss announcement
came from Ford, which stated that it plans to support 5G-enabled V2X on all new
cars from 2022. The missing link, however, continues to be infrastructure to
enable Smart Cities to communicate with cars. Although there is a dedicated
zone for Smart Cities in the Westgate Hall, it is still one of those topics
that generally fits awkwardly within CES - too vague compared to many of the
more tangible gadgets and widgets that make the news. Despite this, Bosch and Continental will both showcase their visions for knitting together the
sometimes disparate use cases associated with Smart Cities.
So there it is - a first glimpse of
what to expect from CES 2019. Tune in tomorrow, when we’ll bring you the latest
insights, photos and videos from around the show.
Monday, January 7, 2019