An exterior turquoise light on Mercedes-Benz’s Vision Urbanetics van alerts passengers and other drivers that the vehicle is in motion. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz) Automotive companies displayed working, production-ready technology for automated and self-driving vehicles on the second day of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
The announcements were relatively subdued compared with bombastic predictions made at CES in recent years. But companies stressed that news about real-world applications of technology such as radar and LiDar sensors, fast data processing, 5G and vehicle-to-everything – or V2X – connectivity marks a turning point in bringing self-driving vehicles to public roads.
Here are some of the impactful new products showcased at CES on Tuesday:
Veoneer: In one of many self-driving demonstrations on the opening day of CES, the Swiss supplier offered rides in a sedan equipped with its range of sensors and cameras. The vehicle alerted its driver to approaching sirens, avoided a pedestrian in heavy fog and offered to take control when facial recognition software saw the driver was distracted. Veoneer has a partnership with Volvo and provides equipment for the advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, in its XC40, XC60 and XC90 SUVs. The sensors are production ready and Veoneer plans to collect data from fleets that use its 5G data cloud and geo-fencing technology.
Clarion and Hitachi: The existing partnership between camera specialists Clarion and tech giant Hitachi already provides equipment to Nissan and other automakers. Now the pair is developing next-level autonomous driving features, including extremely high-resolution backup cameras and a self-driving electronic control unit, or ECU, that will begin production this year. Clarion also demonstrated a vehicle that can be summoned from a parking spot without a driver and semi-active suspension dampers that react to potholes ahead for a more comfortable ride.
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