As we develop our self-driving vehicles, we are focused on three ideals that we believe are crucial to earning trust: safety, reliability and valuable experiences.
One of the most important visions for an idyllic, utopian vision for a future for transportation has been vehicle-to-everything communications. This V2X technology would allow for cars to talk to each other and to everything around them, helping to avoid collisions and congestion automatically. The problem is, in order for this to work
all cars really need to be speaking the same language, and the development of those industry-wide standards has been dragging on for decades.
At this year's CES in Las Vegas, Ford has announced it's moving its own way. After
in early 2018, Ford will begin deploying V2X communications in all its new cars starting in 2022. demonstrating with Qualcomm
Ford is calling this C-V2X, and that "C" is a very important differentiator. It stands for "cellular", pointing to this tech being built on the back of existing mobile networks that power our cellphones. This actually had been a huge sticking point for the industry-wide adoption of V2X, because much of the original work was developing a proprietary wireless standard called dedicated short-range communications, or DSRC.
This is one of Ford's prototype autonomous vehicles on the road in Miami, Florida.
It's a pretty typical looking Ford Fusion -- with a smart-looking tophat.
Dubbed the "tiara," this contains most of the sensors that the cars use to see the world, including an array of cameras.
On top, lidar scanners look at the world around.
The car was developed with Argo AI, a Ford subsidiary brought into the fold in 2017.
To summon one of the cars you use an app that's not altogether unlike Uber or Lyft.
When the car arrives, just hop in and go!
In the car, you're greeted with an interface that shows you what the car can see.
Ford's also working on autonomous delivery vehicles, partnering with Domino's and Postmates.
Picking up your delivery was never so high tech!
Under development for decades, DSRC creates a short-range, point-to-point network that enables cars to talk to nearby objects. However, now that 4G is widespread, and with 5G coming soon, many in the industry believed it was time to ditch DSRC and go with cellular. That's exactly what Ford is doing here.
In announcing the service, Executive Director of Ford's Connected Vehicle Platform Don Butler said that this C-V2X system is meant to "complement" the onboard sensors that enable
cars to function. "While these vehicles will be fully capable of operating without C-V2X," Butler said, "the technology could help them create more comprehensive maps of the world that lies beyond the view of lidar, radar and cameras." the company's autonomous
The big question, though, is whether the rest will follow. The full potential of V2X will only be realized when the entire industry is onboard, but with
it will support the C-V2X implementation provided by Qualcomm, we might be seeing the beginning of some proper -- and long-needed -- momentum. Audi also indicating
Weighing less than 2.5 pounds, with a 13.9-inch LED display and 97 percent screen-to-body ratio, Asus' newest Zenbook looks to build on the strong foundations of last year's Zenbook 13 . With the thinnest bezels in the world, this laptop is practically all screen. Under the hood there's an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU and up to 16GB of LPDDR3 and 1TB of SSD storage. Pricing has not yet been announced. Originally published on Jan. 6, this gallery will be regularly updated throughout CES 2019 .
You'd think its 98-inch 8K TV would be called The Wall, but Samsung opted to use that moniker for the first home-sized MicroLED TV -- a mere 75 inches -- but it's still the biggest 4K MicroLED TV to date, and an indication that the next-generation TV technology is almost ready for prime time (Samsung intends to ship a MicroLED TV this year). No price or availability as yet, though.
Think your wardrobe's boring? Sphero's Specdrums doesn't. This ring lets you hear colors. It responds to tapping via an accelerometer, then samples color through its sensor. Turn your closet into a party -- Specdrums are made to work with multiple rings at once. A two-pack of Specdrums costs $100 on Sphero's website starting next week and is slated to arrive in stores in the spring.
A toast to Wilkinson for putting together this fully-automated bread making machine. That's right, get your bread on a roll through this conveyor style chef-bot simply by pouring a proprietary dough mix in and watching the carbs rise. I feel like I really knead one of these things, but it's totally oversized for a one-bedroom apartment. I'm not sour, dough -- it is pricey. Company reps estimate that it would cost around $100,000 for a five-year lease.
Jabra's late to the game with its wireless noise-canceling headphones, but its $300 Elite 85h aggressively takes on leading Bose and Sony models with some high-tech tricks reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface headphones, including eight microphones, noise-canceling technology that adapts to your environment and tap-free voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. They're expected to ship in April for $300.
Once you get past the "OMG, could it be any cuter?" aspect of Speck's kid-tough iPad case, you can appreciate the clever design. It sports "arms" that you can use for better gripping or wrap around car seats for hands-free viewing. You'll be able to get it by the end of March for $40, and it's compatible with the last five generations of 9.7-inch iPads.
Nuheara touts the IQbuds Max as the first "intelligent earbuds" to feature active noise cancellation. What does that mean? Practically, Nuheara suggests that its proprietary EarID system works "like an audiologist in a box" and will calibrate sound and cancellation to your ears. Wonderful. The big difference between IQbuds and the likes of Apple's AirPods, however, is that they are designed to manipulate the sounds coming in with their Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation -- helping those who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss. They are expected to ship in the second half of 2019 for between $500 and $600.
Withings' newest fitness watch adds the ability to take electrocardiograms on a traditional-looking analog watch -- at a third of an Apple Watch S4 's price. The Move ECG is the company's first ECG watch. It's expected in Q2 of this year, pending FDA and CE clearance.
Anything that purports to adjust your brainwaves gets an automatic "cool" label slapped on it. If it does so to help you sleep better like the Urgonight, that's just some yummy gravy. It's a headband and app combo that uses EEG (electroencephalogram) patterns to deliver feedback to teach you how to produce sleep-enhancing brainwaves. The team at Urgonight says sustainable results take three months of three 20-minute sessions a week to achieve.
Samsung's giving new meaning to the words "home theater": The 85-inch Q900 8K TV it announced in late 2018 has a humongous 98-inch brother, perfect for those empty 7-foot walls of yours. No pricing or availability yet, so you'll just have to live with that blank space a little longer.
Matrix Industries' latest fitness watch looks like the closest anyone's ever come to making the no-charging-necessary dream a reality: It runs completely off solar power and body-generated heat. And it doesn't look too bad, either. All the essentials are here, including heart rate, step counting, an always-on reflective color screen, 200-meter water resistance, notifications and GPS. You can preorder it now on Indiegogo for $200 (about ￡160 or AU$280) and it will cost $499 when it's available later this year.
This clever device lets you trim your teeth-brushing time to 10 seconds. You add toothpaste, position the Y-Brush in your mouth and turn the motor on. As the brushes vibrate, you make a chewing motion for 5 seconds after which you remove it, flip the Y-Brush and repeat. And unlike the usual quirky devices we see at the show, this one's actually slated to ship soon -- in April -- and you can preorder it for $125 (which converts roughly to ￡100 and AU$175) now.
A video doorbell with two cameras seems like it should exist already, but up until now... we don't think it has. Enter the Answer DualCam, which can keeps one eye forward and one eye on the package on your doorstep with its two motion-sensing 1080p HDR cameras. You can view the two-camera feed on your phone through the Kuna app and when someone rings the bell, it pings your phone, so you can say g'day and tell them where to delicately place your ordered goods. The doorbell is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2019 at a cost of $199.
It's on the pricey side at $5,000, but the 65-inch Nvidia BFGDs bring gaming-quality performance -- 144Hz refresh and G-Sync in addition to HDR -- to the big screen. HP was the first to announce its model (others should be coming as well), and is planning to ship in February.
Samsung revamped the monitor arm for the 21st century. Its 27- and 32-inch Space Monitors clamp to the back of the workspace and sit flush against the wall when not in use. You just pull them down to any level when you need them. The Space Monitors (SR75) will ship in March for $400 (27-inch) and $500 (32-inch).
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