CES went digital for apparent causes this 12 months. I missed the serendipity related to strolling up and down alleys of startups and wandering round company cubicles. It was way more tough to feed my curiosity and uncover surprising merchandise, providers, supplies, partnerships, or previous buddies, all on-line. However, I didn’t miss having achy toes on the finish of the day! All in all, I missed the stay model.

After reporting on mobility and autotech at earlier CES exhibitions (2017201820192020), I’m pleased to share what drew my consideration this 12 months. The distinctive format attracted fewer than half of final 12 months’s exhibitors, i.e. 1960 vs 4500. The largest cohorts got here from the USA (569), Korea (341), China (203), and France (135). Whereas 170,000 folks attended final 12 months, I assume extra folks have been ready to participate this 12 months, which is an effective factor. The digital venue will stay accessible till February 15 for content material viewing.

This 12 months’s fundamental mobility/autotech subjects have been digital cockpit and in-cabin expertise, electrification, and autonomous driving, though to a lesser extent.

Digital cockpit and in-cabin expertise

The finest illustration of the digital cockpit development got here from Daimler. The immersive MBUX Hyperscreen, which will probably be first featured on the Mercedes EQS, will definitely give Tesla Model S’ 17-inch middle show and Porsche Taycan’s 4-display set-up a run for his or her cash. The 56-inch single, curved piece of glass nearly runs pillar-to-pillar and hosts particular OLED shows zone in entrance of the driving force, in addition to the entrance passenger and within the middle. Perceived high quality appears superb (video).