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Automotive Highlights from CES 2018 in Las Vegas

23 Jan

CES 2018 brought more than 175,000 international attendees and 4,000 exhibitors to Las Vegas during January for this annual consumer electronics tradeshow.

The automotive exhibits within CES this year included over 170 companies and eleven major auto manufacturers, rated as the 10th largest car show within the US. Each year, the newest innovations in electric drive trains, advanced driver assistance systems, and autonomous vehicles are usually unveiled for the first time at this venue, ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan that is usually staged two weeks later each January.

Ford Motor Company

Jim Hackett, Ford Motor Company CEO, gave a keynote speech about transportation infrastructure during the first day of the tradeshow that showcased a new approach from the company. Hackett came to Ford from outside the car industry and has been spending time with Chairman Bill Ford to rethink how automobiles can be interconnected with urban environments.

Hackett emphasized that company founder Henry Ford’s original vision of providing freedom and progress for American citizens through cheaper transportation succeeded greatly in moving lifestyles outside city limits onto open roads and into “sub-urban” housing expansions. However, urban centers lost their human connections and “shared sense of belonging”, as populations and traffic jams became more dense, requiring the need for more parking regions in a city that displaced gathering spaces, small service businesses, and interactive communication among residents within downtown city centers.

“What is the point of building amazing technology solutions if they don’t improve the destination where you are going?” said Hackett. “How should we live? What is a good life? What kind of cities do we want? How should we communicate with each other?”

Hackett observed that, as technology has gotten faster, bigger, and “more”, it has also become more invasive. People have become anxious about the impact on their private lives and even on civic life in general. How can Ford Motor Company harness changing automotive technologies to improve lives, serve human needs and re-establish a general sense of community within urban city centers?

The company is currently proposing and leading several engineering solutions aimed at improving the quality of life for both urban drivers and residents, a concept that Hackett calls “living streets”. How can roads become hospitality curbs and transportation corridors that improve the quality of life for small business owners and employees who live, work and play in the same location?

One automotive solution is to enable smarter transportation in cities by creating a software tool called a Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) that would be open for interactive usage by city managers, local non-profit organizations and business developers alike. Data acquisition by the TMC would be aided by installing data connectivity into all of Ford’s new vehicles, a development program the company calls Connected Vehicle To Everything (CV2X). Ford is also increasing investment in the electrification of its product line by $11 billion through 2022.

Ford will be partnering with Domino’s Pizza and Postmates to develop self-driving vehicles and fleets that can move food and package deliveries autonomously.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Equipped with Self-Driving Technology

Ford Fusion Hybrid Equipped with Self-Driving Technology

Ford has also partnered with business developers to brand personal “last mile” transportation for urban travel, such as electric bicycles and electric scooters.

Ford Motor Company Brand Partner Shows E-bike

Ford Motor Company Brand Partner Shows E-bike

OJO Scooter Company Partners with Ford Motor Company Branding

OJO Scooter Company Partners with Ford Motor Company Branding

Honda Emphasizes Friendly Robotics Technologies in Automotive Platforms

Honda considers itself a robot company, as well as an automotive manufacturing company. The CES 2018 display in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center emphasized the need to make the robotics technologies within cars more friendly, intuitive and empathetic while being connected to people and the surrounding world.

Honda emphasized its empathetic and friendly robotics technologies.

Honda emphasized its empathetic and friendly robotics technologies.

Toyota Unveils Autonomous Shuttle Bus With Adjustable Living Space

Toyota autonomous bus with advertising billboards on side panels.

Toyota autonomous bus with advertising billboards on side panels.

During CES 2018, the Toyota booth featured a concept of an autonomous shuttle bus that included see-through LED display billboards on either side panel of the vehicle. The internal space within the shuttle bus could be reconfigured as more than just rows of seats. The display billboards pictured the vehicle as a traveling office space, sleeping quarters, or mobile party room.

Daimler SMART electric car gets a new look with scissor doors

Daimler SMART car redesigned for the 21st century.

Daimler SMART car redesigned for the 21st century.

Daimler SMART car with scissor doors

Daimler SMART car with scissor doors

Mercedes-Benz always brings remarkable styling to its concept cars

Mercedes-Benz concept car

Mercedes-Benz concept car

Hyundai and Kia Concept Cars

Both Hyundai and Kia automotive companies from South Korea were showing advanced concepts of the two companies’ electrified automotive platforms. Hyundai unveiled its “Nexo” fuel-cell powered electric vehicle while Kia gave a closeup look at its “Niro” battery-powered electric car.

Hyundai unveiled its Nexo fuel-cell EV at CES 2018.

Hyundai unveiled its Nexo fuel-cell EV at CES 2018.

Hyundai displayed a cutaway version of its Nexo fuel-cell electric car, including the hydrogen fuel tank and electric-motor drive train.

Hyundai displayed a cutaway version of its Nexo fuel-cell electric car, including the hydrogen fuel tank and electric-motor drive train.

Kia already makes a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the Niro. The company introduced a new all-electric model during CES 2018, that will complete the drive train options available, similar to the three Hyundai Ioniq product lines.

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Kia introduced its Niro Electric Car during CES 2018.

Kia introduced its Niro Electric Car during CES 2018.

Delphi Technologies and Aptiv

Delpi Technologies displayed internal component systems that will enable 800-volt electric drive trains.

Delpi Technologies displayed internal component systems that will enable 800-volt electric drive trains.

During November 2017, Delphi spun off its automotive drive train division as a standalone company called Aptiv, that has focused on developing autonomous, self-driving vehicles for major automotive manufacturers.

During CES 2018, Aptiv partnered with Lyft ride-hailing company to give demos of Level 4 autonomous cars, developed on BMW platforms, that could drive themselves to passenger destinations around Las Vegas. During the demonstration, a driver was always behind the wheel, but driving operations were performed without human intervention within real-world city traffic during a busy CES 2018 trade show that welcomed over 175,000 additional visitors to the Las Vegas Strip and convention centers.

The Lyft service office was temporarily based in an Airstream trailer on the Gold lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center where ride-hailing app menus were demonstrated to potential passengers by Lyft employees. When an autonomous vehicle arrived at the Gold lot hub, passenger destinations were entered into each vehicle’s GPS system. These included trips to Caesars Palace along Las Vegas Blvd, as well as 19 other destinations.

During the five days of CES 2018, Lyft and Aptiv offered over 400 rides to passengers in their autonomous vehicles. Tech Crunch shared a YouTube video about the autonomous driving experience at CES 2018 in Las Vegas:

Aptiv-labeled autonomous research vehicles were also found at other exhibit booths of major automotive manufacturers within the Las Vegas Convention Center, including Audi.

Aptiv has partnered with Audi to develop autonomous vehicle driving systems.

Aptiv has partnered with Audi to develop autonomous vehicle driving systems.

Delphi Technologies has continued to develop the internal component systems that will power the next generation of electric-drive vehicles. Within the next three years, Delphi engineers are anticipating that traction battery pack sizes will increase from 400 Volts DC to 800 Volts DC, along with larger power transistors and inverter modules to convert and carry this higher power from the battery pack to the electric drive train. Larger battery packs with more power should continue to improve the range and performance for electric cars, while also encouraging faster recharging rates of battery pack modules up to 350 kilowatts.

Delphi Technologies Display touts benefits of 800-volt electric drive train components.

Delphi Technologies Display touts benefits of 800-volt electric drive train components.

New power transistors made from silicon carbide (SiC) materials inside Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistors (MOSFET), as well as silicon-based Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) are already capable of high-speed switching and control of 800-volt electric motor systems.

The venerable 12-volt auxiliary battery that normally provides power to all the peripheral electronics in a vehicle will also go through an upgrade over the next few years to a standardized 48-volt system. These higher-capacity batteries will more reliably carry low-voltage currents to vehicle lighting, sensor, computing, and actuator systems that will be included in new vehicles, from stop-start mild hybrid systems to fully autonomous electric-drive vehicles.

A 48-volt standard auxiliary battery system is still considered a low-voltage power system (blue and yellow cabling) for third-party product implementation on a vehicle, compared to more rigorous standards required for high-voltage traction battery packs (orange cabling).

Continental

Continental exhibited its integrated electric-motor drive train capable of supporting 800-volt traction battery systems.

Continental exhibited its integrated electric-motor drive train capable of supporting 800-volt traction battery systems.

Continental is another automotive tier-one components supplier who is also developing systems for electric car drive trains. The company exhibited some of its integrated electric motor and inverter systems, that employ boost electronics to help regulate 400-volt as well as 800-volt drive systems. The company has also partnered with ABB to enable DC Fast Charge systems for quicker recharging of traction battery packs.

Velodyne Displays Multiple LIDAR Sensors mounted on NAVYA Autonomous Robotaxi

Rear and side views of LIDAR sensors from Velodyne mounted on NAVYA autonomous Robotaxi.

Rear and side views of LIDAR sensors from Velodyne mounted on NAVYA autonomous Robotaxi.

Commercial versions of LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors have become more popular for implementation on autonomous cars because of their capability to quickly detect both shape and depth of oncoming vehicles, obstacles or people. Velodyne has been a leader in this development space and rolled out several different products, that were showcased on a new NAVYA robotaxi platform.

Velodyne exhibit showcased LIDAR sensors mounted on NAVYA Robotaxi

Velodyne exhibit showcased LIDAR sensors mounted on NAVYA Robotaxi

Interior of NAVYA Robotaxi with two passengers, no steering wheel and no human driver.

Interior of NAVYA Robotaxi with two passengers, no steering wheel and no human driver.

NVIDIA and Artificial Intelligence

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang delivered a keynote speech during CES 2018 that dived deeply into Artificial Intelligence, particularly the company’s efforts to create an AI development platform and software ecosystem for autonomous, self-driving cars:

NVIDIA is a 25-year old company that started up in California’s Silicon Valley to make graphics accelerator chips to improve the quality of visual displays for personal computers. The company developed a graphic processing unit (GPU) that could enhance the central processing unit (CPU) microprocessor in personal computers by offloading compute-intensive graphic modeling tasks. The company became a driver in the computer gaming industry with its graphics accelerator printed-circuit boards that could plug into expansion ports in PC-compatible computers.

A GPU speeds up the formation of graphics artwork on a computer monitor by processing electronic instructions and data through multiple parallel paths at the same time, compared to a CPU than processes a wider variety of computing tasks through slower sequential steps.

For many decades, researchers in the realm of artificial intelligence have been seeking to duplicate human senses and cognition inside computer circuitry. The two most important areas of research were in vision recognition and natural language voice recognition, in order to duplicate the way humans use their two keenest senses to understand and navigate the world about them.

During 2012, Geoffrey Hinton, Alex Krizhensky and Ilya Sutskever from the SuperVision research lab at the University of Toronto in Canada, pioneered the use of neural network software models coupled with GPU processing systems from NVIDIA to create AlexNet. The research team conceived that convolutional manipulation of input variables and output errors could create feedback that would make ongoing changes to the weights of AlexNet’s internal processing algorithms. The result was “deep learning” by the software model that could write its own software to modify how it would process and perceive progressive sets of incoming data.

The team focused its artificial intelligence research on graphics image recognition, in order to group similar digital images of objects together through eight processing layers of visual filtering. Instead of programming the image-recognition algorithms directly, Krizhevsky enabled AlexNet to “learn” the common characteristics of similar graphic objects by feeding the neural net massive amounts of images that it could compare, while the software model adjusted its own internal software processing algorithms with each error.

During an international ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge in 2012, AlexNet outperformed all other existing benchmark tests of image recognition models that had been previously hand-coded by humans, while running on two NVIDIA GPU graphics processing stations. AlexNet neural net software was capable of writing its own internal software more quickly than humans could do directly, achieving a recognition error rate that was ten percentage points less than its nearest competitor.

After the competition, large corporations like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft began duplicating the GPU technology used in this image recognition model, to improve each company’s graphic image search and tagging engines. Microsoft’s ResNet was scaled to 152 layers of image filtering, compared to just eight layers in AlexNet.

At Stanford University, AI researcher Andrew Ng applied GPU processing to natural language voice recognition algorithms and succeeded in improving the ability of computer technologies to recognize and caption spoken words. Ng has since become a chief scientist at Baidu, where he has applied this technology to translate spoken Chinese words into readable Chinese characters.

NVIDIA also worked with Tesla Motors, who used its Tegra GPU in early versions of the Model S electric car to develop Autopilot driving features. The Autopilot system could quickly process and filter both images and input data from onboard sensors, that included a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar and a 360-degree ring of ultrasonic sensors embedded around the body of the electric car.

NVIDIA unveiled sponsored RoboRace autonomous Formula E-sanctiond race car during CES 2018.

NVIDIA unveiled sponsored RoboRace autonomous Formula E-sanctiond race car during CES 2018.

Since 2014, NVIDIA has developed its own GPU technology, by creating products specifically for the automotive market. The company’s Volta GPU processor is focused on automotive applications. NVIDIA’s recent announcement for CES 2018 is that the company has integrated 512 Volta GPU processors along with 8 ARM CPU processors into a single silicon chip it calls Xavier, with lots of input and out ports to connect multiple sensors and actuators on a CAN automotive bus.

The company also includes a software development environment with Xavier that includes NVIDIA DriveWorks Operating System that can link Xavier’s internal processing AI to a cloud-based mapping systems with high definition for detailed route navigation references.

The Xavier driving platform can process 30 trillion operations per second (Tera-ops) while consuming just 30 watts of power, allowing the integration of a supercomputer on a mobile transportation platform. NVIDIA has linked two Xavier processors together on its Pegasus circuit development board that can achieve 320 TOPs of processing speeds for AI inferencing.

The single PC board can replace a supercomputer and will be used to test potential autonomous level 5 driving platforms by Volkswagen, Hyundai and Aurora, including some of the Robotaxi applications shown during CES 2018.

The Xavier GPU is undergoing certification for safety and resiliency through the automotive industry ASIL (Automotive System Integrity Level) standards committee, as well as the International Standards Organization’s ISO 26262 validation for the company’s integrated circuit manufacturing process and software platforms to insure transparent traceability of any supply chain or development problems that may show up later during actual applications.

The Xavier chip is currently rated ASIL-C while the Pegasus board has been rated ASIL-D. NVIDIA is striving to achieve ASIL-0 certification, that would be validated at the highest level of automotive functional safety.

To test the effectiveness of an autonomous vehicle design, NVIDIA has also created its AUTOSIM virtual reality 3D simulation environment for the automotive industry. Already successful in creating photorealistic images for the gaming industry, the company’s GPUs can create multiple simulation scenarios that can run an automated vehicle model through billions of road trip scenarios at supercomputer speeds.

This helps an automotive designer or engineer get a realistic feel for the effectiveness of sensor placement on a vehicle, as well as performance reliability during changing weather conditions, road conditions and oncoming vehicle traffic by creating as many test scenarios as the designer can imagine.

NVIDIA is also sponsoring a racing team and Robocar for Roborace, a proposed autonomous vehicle international racing competition that will be sanctioned by FIA, while co-staging events along the same international racing circuits as FIA Formula-E manned electric car racing:
https://roborace.com/

Intel Robotaxis Take Flight As Smart Drones

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich featured autonomous cars and drone technologies in unique ways during his keynote address to CES 2018, “Experience the Power of Data”. A swarm of 100 lighted Shooting Star Mini drones performed in synchronization, under the control of single pilot without GPS, to set a Guinness World Record. The Intel drones were showcased again during the following three days of CES 2018 in synchronized nighttime performances with the animated water jet fountains of the Bellagio during the week of CES 2018.

An automated Volocopter, capable of carrying a passenger, was also demonstrated by Krzanich inside the Park theatre during his keynote speech.

Intel recently purchased MobilEye, a pioneering autonomous driving instrumentation company that has been a leader in the automotive industry. The company’s EyeQ5 processor chip is a fifth-generation integrated circuit that is now coupled with Intel Atom CPUs to provide a hardware platform that integrates cameras, radar, lidar and other sensors to create advanced driver assistance systems, as well as level-4 autonomous vehicles.

The new hardware platform can process 24 Tera-Ops (TOPS) of computations per second while consuming just 10 watts of power.

Intel Senior Vice-President and CTO/Founder of MobilEye, Amnon Shashua, shared the stage with Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, to talk about the company’s progress in this area.

The goal of implementing autonomous driving is to save over a million lives due to potentially fatal vehicle accidents caused by human error over the next 20 years, as well as lower the amount of fuel consumed in the US economy and save commute time for US workers.

MobilEye advanced driver assistance systems are already employed in 24 million vehicles on the road today with major automotive manufacturing partners that include Ford, GM, Audi, BMW, Honda, Nissan, and Hyundai.

Autonomous driving partners, who are refining MobilEye technology for SAE Level-4 self-driving applications, include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, and Aptiv, as well as Nio and SAIC in China.

These companies are developing the software ecosystem and validation testing to ensure that autonomous driving systems will continue to improve and become more robust over time.

Intel, like NVIDIA, has been redesigning the insides of computer chips to go beyond the 40-year-old microprocessor CPU that has defined the company’s leadership and growth over that time.

Krzanich noted that Intel now has researchers exploring both neuromorphing and quantum-computing architectures for silicon chip designs that can more closely mimic human neural processes in the brain, as well as quantum behavior in physics to radically speed up computing time.

Moving and processing high-speed data will define the world’s future, if it can be harnessed to solve problems that were considered impossible in the past, opening a new world of infinite possibilities.

Flying Air Taxis from Bell Helicopter

Piloted and autonomous flying shuttles are the next new mode of transportation envisioned by drone manufacturers and helicopter companies alike.

Bell Helicopters exhibited a simulated version of a future automated Air taxi.

Bell Helicopters exhibited a simulated version of a future automated Air taxi.

Bell exhibited a simulated version of its proposed Air Taxi shuttle service in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center next to autonomous vehicles being showcased by worldwide automotive manufacturers.

Bell flight attendants guide visitors through a simulated flight by air taxi.

Bell flight attendants guide visitors through a simulated flight by air taxi.

Outside in the Central Plaza parking lot area of the Las Vegas Convention center, other companies showed their full-sized air taxis along with the Volocopter previewed by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

Fisker Automotive Returns with Emotion

Fisker Emotion concept electric car with both gull wing and scissor doors.

Fisker Emotion concept electric car with both gull wing and scissor doors.

Henrik Fisker has revived Fisker Automotive after selling the Karma electric car design to a Chinese automotive manufacturer when the original company faced bankruptcy.

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The company’s second electric car effort is called the Emotion and a concept version of the vehicle was displayed during CES 2018.

Austin EV startup electric car company

Austin EV three-wheel electric motorcycle.

Austin EV three-wheel electric motorcycle.

Austin EV is a new startup company that has emerged from the capitol city of Texas during the last three years to develop electric utility truck platforms and three-wheel motorcycles. The company exhibited in the North Hall of CES 2018 for the first time.

Austin EV electric utility truck

Austin EV electric utility truck

The electric trucks and carrier beds are configurable as an urban delivery van or an off-road dump truck.

Ampere 1 Electric Motorcycle for $10,000

Ampere is a startup company from southern California that exhibited its Ampere 1 three-wheel electric motorcycle during CES 2018. The starting price of the vehicle is $10,000.

The Ampere 1 three-wheel electric motorcycle from Ampere

The Ampere 1 three-wheel electric motorcycle from Ampere

Chinese Electric Car Manufacturing Companies More Prominent at CES 2018

China is now the largest automotive market in the world as that country’s citizens purchase about 25 million vehicles a year. The Chinese automotive market is projected to grow to 30 million vehicles per year during the next five years. This sales figure compares to annual US domestic sales of approximately 17 million vehicles per year.

Byton Electric Car

Byton Electric Car

Just about every province in China has partnered with a worldwide automotive manufacturer to jointly build cars within this market. There are more than 100 Chinese automotive manufacturers in the country with about 20 companies dedicated to manufacturing electric cars and electric-motor drive trains.

Byton Concept Electric Car with 300-mile range, 5G connectivity and autonomous driving capability

Byton Concept Electric Car with 300-mile range, 5G connectivity, and autonomous driving capability.

Ningbo City in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai on Hangzhou Bay, has become a hub of manufacturing and development for automotive components and replacement parts for all worldwide automotive manufacturers. Shenzhen in Guangzhou province is also one of the largest manufacturing regions of consumer electronic products for automotive applications.

Chinese automotive manufacturers and components suppliers are becoming more prominent each year at the annual CES tradeshow.

This year, Byton was featured in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center while XPeng exhibited a display in the Smart Cities Pavilion at Westgate.

Both companies introduced all-electric SUVs with 300-miles of range between recharging sessions for 95 kilowatt-hour battery packs. Each manufacturer is striving to install autonomous driving capability, beginning at SAE Level 2 and ramping up to Level 4. Both companies also plan to produce factory-built versions of these concept vehicles for the Chinese consumer market, beginning in late 2019.

XPeng Electric SUV Indenty X Concept

XPeng Electric SUV Identy X Concept

Startup company XPeng, formerly XiaoPeng Motors, has been funded by Ali Baba, one of the largest international consumer electronics trading companies in the world. XPeng unveiled its new Identy X all-electric SUV during CES 2018.

Xpeng Electric SUV

Xpeng Electric SUV

VR Driving Simulators Were Just as Flashy as Concept Cars

Virtual Reality 3D Driving Simulator by Hyundai

Virtual Reality 3D Driving Simulator by Hyundai

Mitsubishi Electric VR Driving Simulator

Mitsubishi Electric VR Driving Simulator

ChargePoint Booth Displays Latest DC Fast Charging Systems

ChargePoint has been an international leader in the deployment of networked Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE): https://www.chargepoint.com/

ChargePoint DC Fast Charge System with both ChadeMo and CCS plugs

ChargePoint DC Fast Charge System with both ChadeMo and CCS plugs

ChargePoint Powerbank modules can be stacked to scale the supply of electric power to DC Fast Charge stations from 50 kW to 350 kW.

ChargePoint Powerbank modules can be stacked to scale the supply of electric power to DC Fast Charge stations from 50 kW to 350 kW.

ChargePoint Exhibit Booth at CES 2018 displayed SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE product lines for commercial and personal use.

ChargePoint Exhibit Booth at CES 2018 displayed SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE product lines for commercial and personal use.

ChargePoint has now added an Alexa voice-controlled interface to its personal garage charging station, that also has more direct connections through a customize-able mobile phone app.

ChargePoint personal AC Level 2 EVSE available for home garages with mobile phone app and  Alexa voice-recognition commands connected.

ChargePoint personal AC Level 2 EVSE available for home garages with mobile phone app and Alexa voice-recognition commands connected.

Tellus EVSE Charging Stations

Tellus is a startup EVSE company that has been selling both SAE J1772 AC Level 2 public charging stations, as well as a new DC Fast Charge system that were both exhibited at CES 2018:
http://telluspowertech.com

Tellus DC Fast Charge Station

Tellus DC Fast Charge Station

Tellus SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station display during CES 2018

Tellus SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station display during CES 2018

Automated Robot EVSE Service Station Attendent by Electric Loading

In the Smart Cities Pavilion within CES 2018, Electric Loading displayed a Fanuc industrial robot arm that was portrayed as an automated electric car EVSE charging attendant. Two tool appendages were developed by the company for both CHAdeMo and SAE CCS Combo connectors for DC Fast Charging that could be electronically and pneumatically connected to the Fanuc robot arm.
With the aid of an onboard stereoscopic vision system, the robot could automatically plug either connector into the DC Fast Charge port of a stationary electric vehicle.

Fanuc industrial robot arm programmed as automated electric car recharging attendant

Fanuc industrial robot arm programmed as automated electric car recharging attendant

Power and control system for Fanuc robot recharging attendant integrated by Electric Loading

Power and control system for Fanuc robot recharging attendant integrated by Electric Loading

SAE CCS Combo connector for DC Fast Charger after insertion into charging port by Fanuc automated charging robot attendant

SAE CCS Combo connector for DC Fast Charger after insertion into charging port by Fanuc automated charging robot attendant

Nevada Governor Sandoval and City of Las Vegas Encourage Smart Transportation Infrastructure

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is now Chairman of the National Governors Association during 2018. He hosted a meeting of the NGA with over 20 state governors at a Lake Las Vegas resort at the same time as CES 2018. During the event, he showcased autonomous vehicles, including the new NAVYA Robotaxi.

NAVYA has partnered with Keolis to integrate autonomous shuttle buses and robotaxis into the Las Vegas Innovation district.

NAVYA has partnered with Keolis to integrate autonomous shuttle buses and robotaxis into the Las Vegas Innovation district.

The City of Las Vegas also sponsored a prominent booth exhibit in the Smart Cities Pavilion during CES 2018, that featured vendor partners within the downtown Innovation District. Representatives from the Las Vegas Department of Information Technology, led by CIO Michael Sherwood, were on hand to answer questions about how sensors and autonomous vehicles could be integrated within city infrastructure to improve transportation and city services.

City of Las Vegas exhibit in Smart Cities Pavilion of CES 2018 at Westgate Hotel.

City of Las Vegas exhibit in Smart Cities Pavilion of CES 2018 at Westgate Hotel.

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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