Tech executives, prepare your caffeinated stage pitches; journalists, your insomnia-induced tweetstorms. CES 2018 is around the corner. The show formally runs Tuesday, Jan. 9, through Jan. 12 in Las Vegas.
Over the past several years, CES has become the pre-eminent destination for car and tech companies, suppliers and startups to debut futuristic technologies. But the halo doesn’t last long. Last year, then-buzzy Chinese electric vehicle startup Faraday Future experienced an infamous hiccup, foreshadowing a bumpy year for the company. In 2018, another mysterious Chinese EV startup, Byton, will be debuting an all-electric crossover.
More important than vehicle introductions, however, will be how companies use established technology -- autonomous functionality, data-fueled artificial intelligence, 3-D printing -- to benchmark progress in the race to tomorrow’s cars. Mercedes-Benz and Toyota will debut new in-car entertainment systems. Nissan will show an EV autonomous concept and Honda will have robots scurrying about.
This year, Ford, Nvidia, Intel and Baidu are also expected to make announcements at the show.
We reserve a special place in our heart for the pie-in-the-sky dreamers: the lesser-known companies that can make a splash with an outlandish idea disconnected from what we see day to day. In that vein, a special shoutout to Rinspeed, the interior innovator whose Rinspeed Snap concept can attach and detach bodies to a central platform.
— Shiraz Ahmed