CES 2017 presents connected future of technology
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.
“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, 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.