The Consumers Electronics Show or CES is one of the biggest annual tech events and definitely something to lookout for. Last year’s CES was a big surprise as it saw a large number of car makers and independent names showcasing new concepts. These included electric, smart, and autonomous cars as well as systems to add ‘autopilot’ systems to existing cars. This year, we might see an extension or rather a bigger update.

One of the most anticipated announcements will be coming from American startup Faraday Future. It announced an over the top concept last year called the FFZERO1 which as said to offer a 1,000bhp electric motor that could go 0-100kmph in under three seconds.


The startup has partnered with Chinese company LeEco and had teased a poster of its upcoming production car. Speculations claim that the company’s first car will be a premium crossover, something like the Tesla Model X, but will have a premium price range. On the other hand, LeEco itself has its own fully-electric car called the LeSEE which was showcased earlier this year in China as well as the US. While we aren’t sure if LeEco has a new announcement, there is a possibility that some demos of the car will be given.

Traditional car makers including Ford, Mercedes, Volkswagen and more, are also expected to make appearance considering what we saw at last year’s Paris Motor Show. They might not showcase anything new, but we could hear about their plans for upcoming electric production models.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ Crossover
Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ Crossover

Hyundai had announced the Ioniq earlier this year which is available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric variants. While it is selling in limited countries, it will be showcased and could be announced for more countries.

Japanese car maker Nissan, officially announced that Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn will address an opening keynote at the event. While there is no info about what the announcement will be, but we could hear something around its popular electric car Leaf. Ford CEO Mark Fields, is also expected to address a session who could talk about the company’s SYNC connectivity system.

Apart from EVs, there has been a buzz around autonomous or driverless cars. While car makers like Tesla have their own systems, a number of companies have been developing software as well as hardware that can adapted by car manufacturers to make traditional cars autonomous.

For instance, a company called Infineon Technologies AG had acquired Dutch electronics company Innoluce BV, a designer of miniature LIDAR laser-scanning modules, develop affordable sensor systems for driverless cars. Just recently we heard TriLumina, a Sandia National Laboratories based company in the US, saying that it will be showcasing its 256-pixel, 3D LiDAR system in collaboration with LeddarTech at the upcoming CES 2017 show. According to the company, the system can be used in self-driving vehicle tech which uses TriLumina’s laser illumination module along with with LeddarTech’s LeddarCore ICs. These laser based illumination modules could prove to be quite useful. Not only can they potentially replace bulky and expensive LiDAR systems commonly used in today’s self-driving vehicle systems, they can also effectively reduce costs of making such self-driving car systems.

Nvidia is also said to make an appearance to make an announcement regarding self-driving cars. If you remember, last January the company unveiled the world’s first supercomputer for self-driving vehicles called DRIVE PX 2. There is a possibility that it will announce a major update or a new version of the supercomputer.

This is just a glimpse of what is expected regarding automobile announcements at the upcoming CES. We will be keeping a close eye on all the major announcements so stay tuned.

Publish date: January 2, 2017 2:07 pm| Modified date: January 2, 2017 4:45 pm

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