LAS VEGAS — CES 2019 was knee deep in the technology building blocks that will enable the self-driving cars and electric vehicles of the next decade. With all the bubble cars and cubes-on-wheels that have no steering wheels, just big comfy facing seats, the containers for the 2030-ish future has seemingly been figured out. All that remains is making Level 3, 4 and then 5 of autonomy actually work. ers used CES for multiple purposes: meetings with component suppliers, public showings of new technologies, and just plain showing off cars that the 150,000-plus attendees might want to buy. Here’s a look at some of the best automotive technologies, and cars, of CES 2019.
If there’s any doubt CES is not one of the western hemisphere’s most important auto shows, the 2019 convention that used to be called the Consumer Electronics Show made it clear: CES rocks with cars. Also, drones, home health, and personal fitness devices and apps, as well as TVs, video gear, and vibrating even massaging lounge chairs. The presence of cars was further amplified because the entire central parking area, the one along Paradise Road in front of the 3.2-million-square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center, was virtually all automotive suppliers plus the monster BMW pavilion and BMW test track area, plus a massive Hey Google pavilion. The Google and Amazon Alexa talk-to-me interfaces were in a seeming CES death match — certainly a spending match — to curry favor with attendees.
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