The ultimate consumer electronics device
The annual gathering this month in Las Vegas for the consumer electronics industry, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is increasingly where automotive OEMs and suppliers look to reveal their latest advances in electronics. This year’s event is experiencing an acceleration in that trend toward automotive due the increasingly connected and autonomous technologies making their way into vehicles.
A modern car in many ways is the ultimate, complex, and interconnected consumer electronics device entrusted to transport in comfort and safety relatively novice operators. On average, a modern car contains about 150 ECUs and seven networks. A connected car has about 100 million lines of code, with an autonomous car approaching 300 million. (A modern fighter jet needs about 40 million lines of code.)
With those numbers in mind, it is no wonder that cars are becoming all the rage at CES, its importance to the automotive industry emphasized by the presence of more OEMs and suppliers every year.
This year Ford Motor Co.’s President and CEO Jim Hackett will deliver the keynote to discuss mobility solutions and smart cities—and his company’s vision to become the world’s most trusted mobility company with new porducts and services.
New mobility OEMs have also chosen CES to launch their latest at CES. This year’s headliner is Fisker. With its official LiDAR partner Quanergy, the company is set to debut its autonomous Emotion sedan that integrates five of Quanergy’s S3 LiDAR sensors.
The launch and demonstration from numerous startups and incumbents of new sensors and sensing systems, especially LiDAR, is one of the major themes of the show related to self-driving vehicles.
Innoviz Technologies will show its InnovizPro high-definition solid-state LiDAR, with partners Valens and Jabil, that it says will bring higher-resolution and better scanning capabilities to autonomous vehicles at a fraction of existing LiDAR prices.
LeddarTech will present its LeddarCore LCA2, which the company says is the industry’s first 3D solid-state LiDAR integrated circuit enabling mass production of automotive LiDARs as early as 2020.
AEye will bring its new iDAR technology that combines the world’s first agile MOEMS LiDAR, pre-fused with a low-light camera and embedded artificial intelligence, with software and hardware that can dynamically adapt to real-time demands.
One of the newest LiDAR startups, privately held Innovusion, has technology said to have near picture quality resolution, long-range detection for both light and dark objects, and LiDAR/camera data fusion that dramatically reduces latency.
LiDAR is just one of the major new automotive technologies on display at CES. The automotive industry will be joined by many emerging mobility tech companies with solution proposals for the challenge presented by modern, connected, and soon to be autonomous cars.
Of the more than 3900 exhibiting companies at CES that touch many aspects of the consumer electronics industry, nearly 300 vehicle technology exhibitors will be on hand to show off their contributions to the revolution making cars safer and drivers more connected.
Check out our ongoing coverage of CES at autonomousvehicletech.com.