2020 CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has grown exponentially in the past ten years that I have attended. Pictures tell the story of the latest and greatest technological innovations at CES 2020 that might be available in your next car, or a city that allows no drivers.

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The backbone of electric and autonomy

For years now I have been claiming CES as the first auto show and this year the show was eclipsed with technology and automobiles. CES is too big to be in just the convention center. All the hotels, motels, Airbnb, all the way to the Hard Rock Hotel have people meeting to talk about start-ups and technology. The only marriages happening in CES are mergers and acquisitions.

While other car auto shows show the finished product, CES breaks down the vehicle in a way no other show can. This show not only highlights the technology in cars, but it also showcases start-ups that allow you to go to the car companies and ask questions that these start-ups have answers to before they are being asked.

HARMAN unveiled everything from the next-stratosphere (forget next-gen) Quantum headphones for gamers to Life-Saving Vehicle-to-Pedestrian 5G Technology to make consumer’s lives seamlessly connected in the car, at home, and on the go. And, of course, light-weight speakers for vehicles, especially electric vehicles because weight is so important in EVs.

Continental and Sennheiser are collaborating on a project called “Nothing sounds great”, using Continental’s Ac2uated Sound system, special actuators vibrate sounds through the dashboard, A-pillars, B-pillars, door panels and even the car’s headliner. Giordano Jacuzzi, Immersive Audio Engineer for Sennheiser, and musician on the side explained how the immersive sounds of a car work to create music in the car.

We originally saw the Byton M-byte at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but the real place to unveil an EV is CES. Byton brought out the M-byte station wagon EV that will be sold in China, Europe, and the USA in that order over the next couple of years. The Chinese car company even had an advertising campaign to show us what they would be highlighting in the car that is receiving purchase orders now.

BMW iNext’s Alejandro Vukotich announced the car company will debut a partially driverless driving machine in 2021 with 5G connectivity.

Hyundai Motor Corp. and Uber announced an aerial ride-sharing partnership along with a fully electric full-scale model taxi/helicopter in the Hyundai booth. Think Manhattan with all the helicopters taxiing around the wealthy and you have an idea of what Uber is thinking.

A couple of years ago Mercedes-Benz brought out a mercury-like capsule autonomous electric vehicle that was too cool. This year Mercedes-Benz used James Cameron to introduce a car called Vision AVTR, for Advanced Vehicle Transformation. The first vehicle had doors and car seats that swiveled out. The AVTR doesn’t have doors, but just like Byton, it has a surround screen in the shape of a Tesla logo. This vehicle will put all psychics and palm readers out of business with its biometric readings. Lots of sustainable, celestial ideas in the vehicle. It would have been really cool if blue people had been there with James Cameron to introduce it.

Fisker Ocean electric SUV by Henrik Fisker, the future thinker that brought you the Karma could be interesting. It’s a small SUV that can be less than a Tesla and a projected range of over 250 electric miles. We won’t know until the first cars are delivered sometime in 2022.

If you know that Amazon has invested heavily in Rivian EV trucks and ordered 100,000 delivery fleet vans this will make sense to you. The Lamborghini Huracan is the first automaker to feature Amazon Alexa in-car control. It is the first time on a super sports car, Huracán EVO introduces an infotainment system connected with digital services. Also, the LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) on the four-wheel-drive EVO integrates Alexa.

LCD screens

Bosch’s Virtual Visor takes the tried and true visor that shields you from most of the sun in your eyes and adds a transparent LCD screen and an in-car RGB camera. This technology tracks the sun and can tell when it is shining on your face. The section that is in your eyes is darkened to prevent glare, while 90% of the visor stays transparent, allowing for better visibility.

Another firm, Gauzy, implements LCD glass for active light control glass for automotive and architectural applications.
When the car is off and parked advertising goes into the windows of car-sharing vehicles. Ads can come up on windows and then be completely transparent for people to look in or out.

Start-ups at CES

Adasky – What is thermal imaging?

What does a woman in a slinky black outfit and black ice have in common? Both can be recognized by thermal imaging. Every object has it’s own heat, and can be measured by that energy coming off the object. Yakov Shaharabani, CEO of ADASKY, and a former Israeli pilot in the military created a thermal imaging company, is making both in-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure solutions to solve edge cases lidar and traditional cameras have difficulty solving.

Foretellix – Quality versus Quantity

Dumb miles are miles that are the same route every day. A company such as Waymo can claim they have driven 20 million miles, but if they are the same miles, the algorithms are not going to learn much, save for the fact that Mr. Rogers and his dog are getting older.

Ziv Binyamini is the CEO and co-founder of Foretellxi. Binyamini explains that the foundation of the system is a multi-execution-platform called M-SDL – Multiple Scenario Description Language that allows the SDL nonproprietary language to be downloaded so that they can accumulate information exponentially, instead of trying to do it alone.

Alex Thibault, the North American vice president of Vulog, a software-based technology company that creates different paradigms of profit for many companies and cities. Some companies are looking for a profit, some cities are looking for decongestion. Vulog is working with over thirty companies in five continents to make rade-sharing accessible to all and profitable to the companies involved.

Cartica.ai is the duh! moment. It depends on unsupervised learning to tell the brain, or the computer that just because a bottle is upside down, it is still a bottle. Earlier this year, Toyota AI Ventures LLC joined Continental AG, BMW iVentures, and OurCrowd Ltd. invested in Cartica.ai, and it’s more than 200 patents.

And speaking of Toyota, Akio Toyoda told everyone else to hold his sake while he announced an entire woven city created on 175 acres at the base of Mt. Fuji that will be completely sustainable with autonomous vehicles only.

Cybersecurity through the cloud and the car

I interviewed two companies at CES that were impressive in their own rights.

A solution by Upstream auto

Upstream says they have a C4 Platform that sits in this demarcation point, offering a powerful combination of IPS/IDS (Intrusion Prevention System/Intrusion Detection System) for automotive protocols coupled with machine learning algorithms tuned for fleet and driver behaviors. The result is the first purpose-built security solution capable of detecting, interpreting, and alerting any threats to connected vehicles.

GuardKnox fighter jet cybersecurity made for the automotive industry in the car

This down-to-earth approach to vehicle hacking protection is successfully deployed for use in Israel’s F-35I and F-16I fighter jets, as well as the Iron Dome and the Arrow III missile defense systems. Guardknox’s approach to vehicle cybersecurity is to provide a centralized solution that locks down all internal network communication. It also includes a local solution to protect single ECUs. How well is this being accepted? Guardknox was on the sixth floor of a hotel in a room that took us 20 minutes to locate. While we there government officials from Michigan visited this company. Expect to see them at the North American International Auto Show. I don’t know what was discussed, but they will be there.

Bosch Soundsee  and the ISS

Bosch and Astrobotic Technology Inc. announced a research partnership to send Soundsee, an experimental sensor technology to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2019. Bosch’s SoundSee technology is a deep audio analytics capability that uses a custom array of microphones and machine learning to analyze the information contained in emitted noises. SoundSee’s analytics will investigate whether audio data from the equipment could be learned and understood using advanced software. If it could possibly be used used to improve the operations of the ISS.

Lunewave – The all-knowing eye

Remember when your mother told you she had eyes in the back of her head and she could see what you were doing all the time? Lunewave believed her and created a radar in homage to her.

The radar on the top of the vehicle is like a rotating human eye, collecting data with every blink of a nano-second. It has a greater field of vision than your mother and a much better resolution than today’s radars. Your Mom would be impressed

Quanergy lidar systems

Quanergy CES 2020 3D sensing of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. Quanergy is the leader in 3D sensing. The company’s 3D time-of-flight LiDAR sensors are designed from the ground up to meet all six key commercialization criteria: price, performance, reliability, size, weight, and power efficiency.