CES 2016

THE FU­TURE LOOKS GOOD, SOUNDS GOOD, BUT DRIVES IT­SELF.

Pasmag (Canada) - - Trending Tr. - STORY & PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MICKY SLINGER

CES was a dif­fer­ent beast al­to­gether this year. Last year’s show saw me lost in lit­eral seas of peo­ple, be­ing ma­rooned near some HDTV from Malaysia and hav­ing to find my way across to the is­land of car au­dio and new car tech­nolo­gies. This year, how­ever, it seems there was some memo sent out by CES or­ga­niz­ers that not ev­ery­one and their grand­mother could at­tend. Walk­ing in through those fa­mil­iar Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter doors, I paused to en­joy the fact that I could breathe my own air and no one else’s. I could walk. I could see. CES 2016 was a good one for sure.

The other rea­son it was so very dif­fer­ent from last year’s show was the com­po­si­tion of the North Hall, where I spent most of my time dur­ing the show. Usu­ally full of af­ter­mar­ket au­dio com­pa­nies with a sprin­kling of OEMs show­ing off new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems, the hall took an op­po­site turn with OEMs tak­ing cen­ter stage and show­ing off some im­pres­sive fu­tur­is­tic tech­nolo­gies. It also made my job a lit­tle eas­ier cov­er­age-wise, as North Hall had 90 per cent of what I was re­ally in­ter­ested in: new car tech­nolo­gies. Yes, 8K TVs are im­pres­sive; yes, vir­tual re­al­ity is su­per cool, but I’m here to show you the coolest things I cap­tured through my lens in the au­to­mo­tive sphere (the most im­por­tant sphere).

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