Since General Motors first showcased the "Boss" 14 years ago at CES, the annual technology showcase has become a prominent venue for displaying the latest in autonomous-vehicle technology.
This year's most intriguing entrant won't navigate rocky desert terrain as Boss, an autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe, did as the winner of a Defense Department competition that served as a formative event for the automated industry. In fact, it won't navigate any terrain at all.
Sierra Space Corp. plans to unveil a full-scale replica of its Dream Chaser spacecraft during the show. The real thing is scheduled to launch late this year or perhaps in early 2023, according to Janet Kavandi, president of the company, on a cargo-carrying mission to the International Space Station.
When it departs, it will be under autonomous control with no humans aboard.
"You may not necessarily have to have a pilot to have a Dream Chaser, but we will allow crew interfaces to the vehicle," Kavandi said in December. "It's just not the traditional pilot role we've thought of in the past. This vehicle is smart enough to do it by itself."