CES 2017 pre­sents connected fu­ture of tech­nol­ogy

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CES 2017, the 50th an­niver­sary of the largest global gath­er­ing of in­no­va­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity, in Las Ve­gas, USA, in­tro­duced ground-break­ing prod­ucts, and pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­pa­nies in ev­ery ma­jor global in­dus­try to con­duct busi­ness. 5G, cars, clothes, con­tent, health care, sports, travel, smart cities, AR, VR, ro­bot­ics, AI and more de­buted at CES 2017, the world’s largest in­no­va­tion event, from Jan­uary 5 to 8.

Con­nec­tiv­ity was ev­ery­where at CES 2017 en­abling nearly ev­ery prod­uct cat­e­gory, from self-driv­ing cars and smart cities to dig­i­tal health and 5G – and a ma­jor fo­cus through­out CES con­fer­ence tracks. 5G is ex­pected to rev­o­lu­tionise the connected world, and the en­tire connected ecosys­tem came to­gether at CES 2017.

CES 2017 also fea­tured Su­perSes­sions and con­fer­ence tracks that fo­cused on tech­nol­ogy trends and pol­icy is­sues. The con­fer­ence on `Self-Driv­ing Cars: New Rules of the Road’, mod­er­ated by USA To­day’s tech re­porter, Mike Snider, dis­cussed with top ex­ec­u­tives from Black­berry, In­tel and Mo­bil­eye on how a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach be­tween au­tomak­ers, hard­ware and soft­ware devel­op­ers is driv­ing the rapid pace of self-driv­ing in­no­va­tions. The pan­elists agreed that in order to reach the ex­pected goal of hav­ing self­driv­ing cars on the road by 2020, the in­dus­try needs to fully solve the con­ver­gence of IoT and AI.

Top in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives and in­flu­encers joined global govern­ment of­fi­cials at the an­nual `Lead­ers in Tech­nol­ogy Din­ner’ at CES 2017. Ford Pres­i­dent and CEO Mark Fields shared the com­pany’s vi­sion for how the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity will be trans­formed by con­nec­tiv­ity. “Imag­ine what could hap­pen when the way you get around looks com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Cities will change. The way we work and play and so­cialise will trans­form. And it will all be en­abled by con­nec­tiv­ity,” Fields said. He an­nounced that Ford Sync is ex­pand­ing to de­liver cloud­based ser­vices and that soon all Ford ve­hi­cles will be con­trolled re­motely with the FordPass app. Fields also re­capped Ford’s re­cent part­ner­ship with Toy­ota to form the SmartDe­viceLink Con­sor­tium to es­tab­lish in­dus­try-driven stan­dards for in­ve­hi­cle apps.

Over 3800 ex­hibitors Owned and pro­duced by the Con­sumer Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion (CTA) TM, CES 2017 show­cased the connected fu­ture of tech­nol­ogy. With more than 3,800 ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies and ex­hibit space of more than 2.6 mil­lion net square feet, CES 2017 was a record-breaker, wel­com­ing the world’s biggest com­pa­nies in ad­di­tion to host­ing more than 600 start-ups at the Eureka Park Mar­ket­place. More than 175,000 in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing 55,000 from out­side the US, con­vened in Las Ve­gas to drive the ev­ere­volv­ing global tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try for­ward.

“CES 2017 shifted to a new level as large and small com­pa­nies

from around the globe gath­ered to re­veal so­lu­tions for many of the most chal­leng­ing prob­lems,” Gary Shapiro, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Con­sumer Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion (CTA)TM, said. “Our in­dus­try is bet­ter­ing the world through con­nec­tiv­ity and in­no­va­tion, touch­ing lit­er­ally ev­ery facet of our lives. To­day’s connected world was on full dis­play at CES 2017 – our largest, bold­est show in history.”

“From start-ups to es­tab­lished busi­nesses, tra­di­tional tech com­pa­nies, along with those in new in­dus­tries like travel and sports, came to­gether and vig­or­ously em­braced tech­nol­ogy for the 50th an­niver­sary of CES,” Karen Chupka, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, CES and Cor­po­rate Busi­ness Strat­egy, CTA, said. “This year’s show was all about con­nec­tiv­ity – both in the form of the tech­nolo­gies un­veiled and in the valu­able face-to-face busi­ness con­nec­tions hap­pen­ing through­out the show.”

“CES is the world’s most im­por­tant tech­nol­ogy trade show, but now it is so much more,” John Pen­ney, Chief Strat­egy Of­fi­cer, Starz, said. “By gath­er­ing the world’s great in­no­va­tors, com­pa­nies, tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts and en­trepreneurs in one place, CES is now an in­te­gral part of the global in­no­va­tion sys­tem. CES and its at­ten­dees are work­ing to build a bet­ter fu­ture for us all.”

“CES 2017 was a global show­case that demon­strated that we are in a new era of in­no­va­tion where tech­nol­ogy is valued not just for the de­vices it pro­duces but for the ex­pe­ri­ences it makes pos­si­ble,” Brid­get Kar­lin, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, IOT, In­tel, said.

Now in its third year, the an­nual CES Asia will run June 7-9, 2017 in Shang­hai, China, show­cas­ing the lat­est ideas and in­no­va­tions from global brands and promis­ing start-ups.

Phoenix from Vis­teon

Vis­teon Cor­po­ra­tion, a tech­nol­ogy leader at the epi­cen­tre of the fast-grow­ing au­to­mo­tive cock­pit elec­tron­ics seg­ment, in­tro­duced its next-gen­er­a­tion Phoenix in­fo­tain­ment plat­form at CES 2017. Phoenix sig­nals a tech­no­log­i­cal break­through in in­fo­tain­ment, which is quickly be­com­ing the dig­i­tal core of the connected car.

Phoenix is de­signed to un­lock in­no­va­tion by en­abling third­party devel­op­ers to cre­ate apps eas­ily, while de­liv­er­ing built-in cy­ber­se­cu­rity and over-the-air up­dates. It of­fers an au­to­mo­tive- ori­ented JavaScript ap­pli­ca­tion pro­gramme in­ter­face (API) for HTML5-based app de­vel­op­ment. It is the first au­to­mo­tive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem to fa­cil­i­tate app cre­ation through a soft­ware de­vel­op­ment kit (SDK) and soft­ware simulation of the tar­get hard­ware sys­tem.

“Vis­teon is reimagining in­fo­tain­ment from the per­spec­tive of both app devel­op­ers and the end-user,” Vis­teon’s Pres­i­dent and CEO, Sachin Lawande, said. “Through this lat­est ad­vance­ment, Phoenix will break down the tra­di­tional bar­rier for em­bed­ded au­to­mo­tive app de­vel­op­ment that has re­stricted the avail­abil­ity of apps for in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems.”

Lawande con­tin­ued: “Phoenix is based on an open ar­chi­tec­ture that proac­tively seeks to tap the in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity of the broad com­mu­nity of app devel­op­ers. We are bor­row­ing a page from suc­cess­ful mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions that have shown that no mat­ter how big or adept an or­ga­ni­za­tion may be, it will never be as in­no­va­tive as the col­lec­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the open com­mu­nity.”

Vis­teon of­fers a unique Phoenix SDK, in­cor­po­rat­ing libraries of code, doc­u­ments and a sim­u­la­tor

to sup­port app de­vel­op­ment by third par­ties. The SDK makes app de­vel­op­ment eas­ier than the con­ven­tional ap­proach, which re­quires cus­tom soft­ware and hard­ware, lacks third-party tools and can be costly and time-con­sum­ing.

Lawande added: “With Phoenix, the de­vel­oper will be able to log on to a Vis­teon mi­crosite and cre­ate and test apps with an SDK and a sim­u­la­tor. The app is then val­i­dated by the au­tomaker or Vis­teon and pub­lished to an app store.”

Mag­neti Marelli

Mag­neti Marelli, which de­signs and pro­duces ad­vanced sys­tems and com­po­nents for the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, was in the spot­light at CES 2017. Its dis­play was ded­i­cated to tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion in the au­to­mo­bile sec­tor, specif­i­cally re­lated to the top­ics of Il­lu­mi­na­tion, Elec­tronic Sys­tems and Mo­tor Sports.

The theme of in­no­va­tion fo­cused on con­nec­tiv­ity and the V2X (Ve­hi­cle-ToEvery­thing), ad­vanced telem­at­ics com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems, putting par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on tech­nol­ogy re­lated to au­ton­o­mous driv­ing and Smart An­ten­nas.

The elec­tronic sys­tems pre­sented the high level of tech­no­log­i­cal con­tent in its in­stru­ment clus­ters and dis­plays. With re­gards to in­stru­ment clus­ters, Mag­neti Marelli of­fered a com­plete range of re­con­fig­urable so­lu­tions to adapt to the re­quire­ments of in­ter­na­tional car man­u­fac­tur­ers thanks to ac­quired know-how and in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy from the fields of op­tics, HMI (Hu­man Ma­chine In­ter­face) and de­sign. The in­stru­ment clus­ters shown at Las Ve­gas weree those from the new Audi Q5, the all-new 2017 Jeep Com­pass and the Peu­geot 3008-5008.

The ex­hi­bi­tion showed var­i­ous dis­plays such as the TFT (Thin Film Tran­sis­tor) dis­play with “black panel” ef­fect in the all­new 2017 Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia and 2018 Stelvio, which both in­te­grate in­no­va­tive “op­ti­cal bond­ing” tech­nol­ogy aimed at an ideal level of read­abil­ity for the screen, and a dis­play with “curved glass bonded” tech­nol­ogy, as well as those with touch-screen tech­nol­ogy used for the cen­tral con­sole. Be­hind the steer­ing wheel, Gi­u­lia and Stelvio fea­tures the full-color 7-inch TFT clus­ter strad­dled by 2 large white-on­black face ana­log gauges.

In the field of il­lu­mi­na­tion, the most up-to-date LED tech­nol­ogy for both head­lights and rearlights were pre­sented. The cor­ner­stone was the in­no­va­tion cou­pling of light­ing and elec­tron­ics to sup­port the fu­ture of au­ton­o­mous driv­ing. In­te­grated into the ad­vanced pro­jec­tor head­lamps and tail lamps are solid state Lidar, cam­eras, radar, and ul­tra­sonic sen­sors to cre­ate “Smart Cor­ner” a mod­u­lar, self­con­tained, ef­fi­cient so­lu­tion to pack­age and lo­cate the many sen­sors re­quired to sup­port au­ton­o­mous ca­pa­bil­ity.

There was also a fo­cus on mo­tor­sport tech­nol­ogy and in par­tic­u­lar on Mag­neti Marelli’s high ca­pac­ity teleme­try sys­tem which is fit­ted on all For­mula 1 cars, as well as the High Speed Cam­era in­tro­duced this year in order to im­prove pas­sive safety in For­mula 1.

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