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CES roundup

Mercedes-EQ MBUX Hyperscreen. Image Credits: Mercedes

Maybe it was the virtual format, but autonomous vehicle engineering didn’t play a starring role at Ce this year as it has in the past.

Instead, several other themes developed at Ce, principally around infotainment and boosted motorist relief organizations. And continuing a trend in 2020, there is indeed various gigantic screens, including the Mercedes Hyperscreen that is painted above.

Pioneer, Harman and Panasonic all discovered future produces aimed at bringing more audio and visual technology into the vehicle. Harman, for instance, launched three brand-new” know-how notions” that can turn the infotainment organization in a vehicle into a concert hall, recording studio or gaming center.

Panasonic too announced a partnership with U.K. startup Envisics to jointly develop and commercialize a new generation of head-up presentations for gondolas, trucks and SUVs. Head-up spectacles, or HUDs, appears to be everywhere this depict. The engineering isn’t new, but recent breakthroughs are pushing the capabilities of these systems, which are integrated in the smash of a vehicle and project personas onto the windshield to aid motorists with sailing and require other alerts.

Image Credits: Envisics

GM had perhaps the biggest presence at the virtual 2021 Ces, at least within the transportation sector. The automaker chose the tech commerce support to announce a new business legion announced BrightDrop that will focus on electric vans and other products and services for the business grocery. But that wasn’t all.

GM expended the opportunity to tease its upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV — a vehicle that will have GM’s hands-free highway driving expedite technology known as Super Cruise — as well as the Cadillac Celestiq dashboard and even a new emblem. The purport of this fragrance of proclamations was clear: GM demands the world — and stockholders — to know it’s serious about electrification and connected gondola tech.

GM’s several proclamations were hard to miss — there was even an eVTOL. Conversely, Mobileye’s announcements flew a bit under the radar, but are arguably as remarkable.

GM presented off two abstractions at Ces 2021: an autonomous shuttle and a personal eVTOL. Image Credits: GM

Mobileye delineated plans to expand its autonomous vehicles measuring to more metropolitans, which was expected and is in line with the company’s previously territory plans.

What endure out to me was a talk that Mobileye president and CEO Amnon Shashua generated that outlined the company’s image and progress.

The recap: Mobileye is taking a three-pronged strategy to developing and deploying automated vehicle engineering that combines a full self-driving stack — that includes redundant sensing subsystems based on camera, radar and lidar engineering — with its REM planning organisation and a rules-based Responsibility-Sensitive Safety( RSS) driving policy.

Mobileye’s REM mapping system basically crowdsources data by sounding into nearly one million vehicles gave with its tech to build high-definition delineates that can be used to support ADAS and autonomous driving methods. Shashua said Mobileye’s technology can now map the world automatically with virtually eight million kilometers moved daily and nearly one billion kilometers ended to date.

The company catered more details at CES about a new lidar system-on-a-chip product that is under development and will come to market in 2025. The lidar, which will use Intel’s specialized silicon photonics fab, is notable because Mobileye is known for its camera-based technology. To was apparent, Mobileye is not backing away from that camera-first approach. Shashua explained Mobileye speculates the best technological and business approach is to develop a camera-first system and use the lidar and radar as add-ons for redundancy.

In short: Mobileye has the money and existing network to commercialize automated vehicle technology and returning it to the masses.

Below is sampling of our transportation-related CES coverage 😛 TAGEND

Mercedes unveils Hyperscreen, a 56 -inch screen for its flagship EQS electric vehicle

GM targets bringing with brand-new EV business unit BrightDrop

Mobileye is imparting its autonomous vehicle assessment sails to at least four more cities in 2021

Sony reveal more details on its secretive Vision S sedan

Holographic startup Envisics spouses with Panasonic to fast track in-car AR tech

Startups look beyond lidar for autonomous vehicle impression

BMW previews its next-generation iDrive infotainment system

Sono Motor plans to license the tech that strengths it solar electric car

Air taxi startup Archer spouses with FCA

Another Uber spinoff is in the works

Postmates’ Serve robot is equipped with cameras as well as lidar from Ouster. Image Credits: Postmates

Remember when I predicted that autonomous transmission would gain impetu in 2021? It seems that sometimes I am right!

Postmates X, the robotics department of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, is seeking investors in its attempt to become a separate company announced Serve Robotics.

You might recollect Serve, the yellow-and-black-emblazoned autonomous sidewalk bringing bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X. This robot, which recently partnered with Pink Dot Accumulation for bringings in West Hollywood, will probably be the centerpiece of the new startup.

I learned of a few important details of this plan, which is not yet terminated. Uber will maintain a stake in this new startup. Uber’s post was initially low-pitched, but has all along been popped to about 25%, according to sources familiar with the deal.

The company “wouldve been” run by Ali Kashani, who heads up Postmates X and causes the Serve program. Anthony Armenta would result the startup’s software efforts and Aaron Leiba would be in charge of hardware — deterring the same predicaments they nurse at Postmates X.

I’ll crowd y’all in with more details as I learn them.

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