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MERCEDES-BENZ also included a presentation from NVIDIA's Huang at their
exhibit space alongside Sajjad Khan,
Mercedes Benz' vice president of digital
vehicle and mobility. Both spoke regarding
the companies' three-year collaboration on
AI for cars, and Khan revealed that Mercedes
will bring its first NVIDIA-powered
AI vehicle to market within 12 months.

CHRYSLER introduced Portal, a concept car built by and for "millennials"
(people born between 1982 and 2001).
Although engineered to be semiself-driving under certain highway
situations, it is upgradeable to be fully
self-driving, thanks to a litany of sensors
(LiDAR, radar, sonar and vision) that
constantly monitor conditions both

BMWi Inside Future
concept vehicle

inside and outside the vehicle.
Inside sensors use facial recognition
and voice biometrics technologies.

FORD showed an updated fully selfdriving prototype vehicle outfitted with
a new array of sensors arranged differently.
The new packaging takes Ford closer to its
goal of bringing a fully self-driving vehicle
to market by 2021, said Bryan Goodman,
technical leader for AV machine learning
at Ford. While last year's AV prototype
had four huge LiDAR sensors spread
across the top of its roof, the vehicle shown
at CES 2017 has just two tiny solid-state
LiDAR units positioned on its A-pillar (the
windshield and roof supports), providing
better vision around objects in front of the

IN-VEHICLE
EXPERIENCES
When cars drive themselves,
what will the people inside
be doing? At CES, automakers
and some leading technology suppliers introduced and
demonstrated new in-vehicle
user experiences and the tools
to create them.
Chrysler unveiled the Portal
Concept, an electric vehicle
(EV) with semi-autonomous
driving capabilities - so it is
sometimes driven, and sometimes driving itself. But in either
mode, facial and voice recognition technologies help keep
everyone content, by determining who's sitting in which seat
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Chrysler Portal
Concept.

and tailoring the ride with his or
her preferred settings: playing
favorite music in a personal
music zone, adjusting the cabin
zone temperature and heated or
cooled seat, and lighting. When
a person changes seats in the
vehicle, these settings follow.
Predictive intelligence allows
passenger media preferences to

be blended - for example,
to create a music or video
playlist that everyone would
enjoy. And gaze-tracking places
critical notifications on-screen
where the driver will see them
soonest, minimizing reaction
time. Underpinning all of this
is the Panasonic Cognitive
Infotainment (PCI) platform,

wireless connectivity and audio
systems from Panasonic Automotive Advanced Engineering.
Honda debuted NeuV or
New Electric Urban Vehicle,
which integrates an AI assistant enabled by an "emotion
engine." This assistant detects
the driver's emotions behind his
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CREDIT

Also at CES 2017:

BMW staged rides in a prototype
fully self-driving 5 Series sedan
that incorporated new ways for
passengers to interact with the
vehicle including a next-generation
gesture control system. Users can
point at a nearby building (such as
a theater) with a thumb gesture to
see information such as details of an
entertainer's show that is retrieved
from the cloud. In addition, BMW,
Intel and Mobileye announced they
will field a fleet of fully self-driving
test vehicles in the second half of
this year, incorporating an Intel
computing platform and Mobileye's
computer vision processing technology. BMW is expected to introduce
its first fully self-driving vehicle,
the iNEXT, in 2021.

a way so that we can have this future
transportation system not in 20 years or
more, but now."
Ghosn also announced ProPILOT,
a self-driving function that works on
single-lane highways and will be built into
the next-generation Nissan Leaf electric
car, to be introduced soon. The automaker anticipates introducing self-driving
driving on multi-lane highways - the
ability to change lanes autonomously -
by 2019, and self-driving city driving by
2020, added Senior Vice President of
Research and Development Takao Asami,
also at the Nissan keynote.


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