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Autonomous cars and home automation take center stage at CES 2017

Here’s a brief look at some of the major announcements made at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at: Automated vehicles: Self Driving technology was at the forefront of this year’s CES with various companies showing off automated cars. Nvidia demoed its own self driving car as well as an Audi Q7 equipped with the same software and hardware. The GPU-maker also teamed up with Mercedes Benz for a vehicle with an onboard AI. Baidu also announced a partnership with Chinese vehicle maker BAIC Motor to work on smart car tech, with road testing expected by the end of this year. Ford demoed an updated version of its Fusion Hybrid vehicle with autonomous driving, while Delphi and Hyundai also demoed their self driving cars. BMW announced a partnership with Intel and Mobileye to develop a fleet of 40 test vehicles, to be deployed in the second half of 2017. In-car experiences were also a focus for automakers. Volkswagen started integrating Amazon’s Alexa in some of its cars, while Toyota introduced Concept-i, an in-car AI partner that acts as a copilot and a travel guide. Honda’s latest electric concept car the NueV also comes integrated with Honda’s Automated Network Assistant (HANA), built with SoftBank, to personalize driving experiences. Ford and Toyota also partnered up to launch a consortium to help set standards for in-car apps. This consortium currently lists Mazda, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries and Suzuki as its members. Home automation: Amazon’s Alexa was a top choice for home automation integration.…

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