Good morning! The news from CES keeps pouring down -- as is the first rain to hit Las Vegas in the past 100 days. Quick Spin is here to help, with a rundown of what you may have missed in the deluge of tech announcements and soggy robotaxis. -- Katie Burke
Grab your partner. The last 24 hours has seen more unions than a Vegas chapel. On the heels of Nvidia's tie-ups with Uber, Volkswagen, Aurora and Baidu on Sunday, tech companies announced their own automotive partnerships. Qualcomm said Monday that it was suppling its automotive platform to power infotainment and connected services for Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and Chinese automaker BYD. Hyundai and Cisco are teaming up on a connected car. And during the Monday night keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the chipmaker was working with NavInfo and SAIC to extend Mobileye's mapping services to China -- which has been a virtually impossible territory for other foreign mapmakers to enter.
Collaboration is nothing new for the mobility space -- a self-driving car requires AI expertise, mapping and sensor expertise and car-manufacturing know-how. Plugging it into a larger network takes even more help. As we get closer to autonomous vehicle deployment, these partnerships become less of a public relations move and more of an insight into what companies see as necessary in the march toward a mobility future.
- Toyota saw Ford Motor Co.'s PR splash with Domino's and upped the ante with a slew of partners, including Pizza Hut, for its autonomous concept platform for businesses. Also, a mental picture of CEO Akio Toyoda at Burning Man is just what we needed to start the week.
- Mapmaker Here's mobility unit launched Monday at CES and began demo-ing its platform to connect businesses and consumers with transportation services.
- Navya, the French autonomous vehicle company whose driverless shuttle crashed on the first day of its pilot, introduced its robotaxi aimed at solving the last mile/first mile dilemma in public transit, in downtown Las Vegas.
- Robert Bosch, German supplier of automotive parts and everything else, is going to market with an aftermarket plug-in that can monitor driving usage and provide accident reports for insurance companies or helicopter parents.
- Hyundai Motor Co. is plugging away at the green dream, announcing a new hydrogen fuel cell crossover.
- Airbags for klutzes.
- The Nissan IMx crossover concept previews a production vehicle that will be built on a "bespoke platform."
- Not creepy: The VW I.D. Buzz will be able to recognize its owners.