LAS VEGAS — Automakers, suppliers and developers are on their way to introducing fully autonomous vehicles on the road. But whether they are commercial or passenger vehicles — with the former coming relatively soon and the latter still 10 to 15 years out — the question remains what passengers can accomplish or experience when no longer required to stay focused on the road. This personalization was one of the biggest themes to come out of CES on the supplier front last week.
Of course, customization is an extension of "cockpit of the future" technologies — for which suppliers have reconfigured the physical space and hardware inside a self-driving car to accommodate different seating arrangements, unique display systems and more. Now, in-vehicle personalization integrates automotive software and the cloud to expand what vehicle occupants can do. The suppliers that showcased their personalization portfolios at CES most often did so using pod or shuttle concepts loaded with technology. Also at CES, suppliers focused on radar and lidar, as well as artificial intelligence to go alongside advanced driver-assistance systems.
Here's a look at some of what was showcased last week.