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Forward-Thinking Vehicles Drive Excitement at Electronics Show

Automobiles had a place at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, as several forward-thinking designs were on display over the weekend in Las Vegas, and a startup gained attention for its app-connected vehicle devices.

Among the automotive highlights:

  • BMW—A prototype of BMW’s fully automated sedan;
  • Bosch—A concept car featured face recognition and intelligent personalization, gesture control with Ultra Haptics, a crystal-clear OLED display, and digital exterior mirrors;
  • Faraday Future—The FF 91 production prototype was displayed: a fully electric, fully connected, self-driving, keyless vehicle experience with a driverless valet function that allows the car to park itself from the user’s smartphone;
  • FCA—Portal, a concept car, is battery-electric, cloud-connected and offers full self-driving capabilities;
  • Hyundai—The IONIC Scooter, a micro mobility fold-up scooter is aimed at those who live in urban environments with limited parking options;
  • Toyota—The Concept-I is a self-driving car allowing passengers to interact with its artificial intelligence agent named Yui, which anticipates drivers’ needs, measures emotions and responds automatically.

Wednesday afternoon also featured ShowStoppers LaunchIt, the Official Pitch Event at CES, built around entrepreneurial startup companies. First prize was awarded to Nonda, maker of a family of connected, app-enabled devices for vehicles.

CES 2017 featured more than 2.6 million net square feet of exhibits Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas. Over 3,800 companies launched innovative products at the show, including 600 startups in Eureka Park.

“What an incredible way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CES, with the largest show floor in our history showcasing the next generation of innovation that will revolutionize our world,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA. “The products and services unveiled at CES 2017 will touch nearly every single global industry. From the latest in virtual reality, smart home, self-driving vehicles, robotics, wearables, health and fitness tech and more, CES 2017 is unveiling the future of the connected experience and what it means for consumers around the world.”