Even though our expert team walked nearly 80 combined miles yesterday, we were all eager to get back on the show floor. Today was once again a test of endurance, long coffee lines and our comfortable shoes but there’s many more technologies, innovations and halls to see! 

Now on to the good stuff…

Anyone else getting sensor fatigued? 

Autonomous driving innovations haven’t been quite as in-your-face as the EV world has been at this year’s CES show but there is still plenty going on. We have seen tons of companies coming out with new tech around autonomous driving sensors & radar systems and honestly, sensor fatigue is starting to set in. With so many Tier-1’s and start-ups announcing their latest generation of Lidar sensors, it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish between their claims and verify whether any are actually breakthroughs. Some suppliers are going down the route of marketing new edge-computing techniques to help optimize performance, while others (like Bosch) are highlighting their shift towards in-sourcing more of the logic rather than relying on 3rd party IP.

One new sensor tech that we are finding very interesting is AEye’s forecasting demo showcasing their new Lidar. AEye’s iDAR platform can offer object detection and classification through artificial intelligence inside the sensor, allowing the camera and LiDAR to work together in a complimentary fashion. They are showcasing this tech at their booth by having visitors shoot a basketball. As someone shoots the ball Aeye’s systems can detect whether or not the shot is going to be a swish. 

SBD Insight: As the realization that full autonomy is not as close as once thought, suppliers are switching their focus to L2 systems and ADAS. By shifting the AI processing from a central domain controller to the actually sensor, their offering becomes more modular. Silicon providers such as Qualcomm have announced offering efficient chips which can be used for AI at the sensor.

A Few More EVs Coming Your Way:

Along with all the new EVs, charging tech and innovations we saw yesterday, CES 2020 has not slowed down on the EV trend. EV innovation seems to be a major theme this year – even more than we thought it would. 

American Manufacturer Rivian has showcased their all-electric R1T pick-up truck and R1S SUV at the show this week. The big buzz around these EVs is the complete integration of Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant. While many vehicles today have the ability for you to control Alexa-connected devices right from your car, it will now be fully installed in the R1T and R1S hardware. This will allow you to control elements of your vehicle all through voice commands such as the climate control, rolling windows up and down, and even opening hood/trunk.

BMW announced that their iNext SUV will feature full 5G as standard when it launches in 2021, as Samsung’s 5G TCU will be installed in every iNext. While little is currently known about the iNext specifically, its 5G capabilities would likely allow for incredible in-car entertainment speeds, including the ability to stream video games, allow high fidelity video streaming, faster connected services, etc.

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