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