❝THE AU­TO­MO­TIVE FU­TURE IS COV­ERED IN TASTY CHEESE AND PEP­PER­ONI❞

James Attwood vis­ited CES in Las Ve­gas to try the lat­est car gad­getry, and sep­a­rate the gim­micks from the game-chang­ers

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The Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show dwarfs any mo­tor show you’ve ever vis­ited. It is vast: sprawl­ing over 2.3 mil­lion square feet of event space span­ning three huge con­ven­tion cen­tres in Las Ve­gas, with a fourth re­quired sim­ply to hold press con­fer­ences.

First held in 1967, CES is the world’s big­gest trade show for any­one in­volved in the tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try. And, in re­cent years, it’s grown to be­come one of the big­gest mo­tor shows you prob­a­bly haven’t heard of.

Car com­pa­nies started go­ing to CES to ex­hibit their in­fo­tain­ment and au­dio sys­tems, but now they go to show­case their drive to­wards au­ton­o­mous, con­nected and elec­tri­fied cars – and to do deals with the tech­nol­ogy firms that can help them get to the fu­ture faster than their ri­vals.

The au­to­mo­tive sec­tion at this year’s CES was full of dis­plays show­ing off au­ton­o­mous soft­ware and hard­ware, and bold con­cepts re­veal­ing how mo­torists might use self-driv­ing cars in the fu­ture.

Here is some of the in­ter­est­ing tech that was on dis­play – some of it out­landish, and some of it closer to re­al­ity than you might think.

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