This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off on January 9, and this time the event is more breathtaking to watch than ever. The most popular tech trends at CES 2018 become more relevant and desirable to see in the near future as mobility is spreading everywhere, and everything has become a gadget.
Consumers expect to use products and services from anywhere – and often on the go. Connected devices are no longer only phones, laptops, wearables, smart coffee machines, or even talking fridges. We’re stepping further with smart houses, connected city infrastructure, intelligent assistants, and highly automated vehicles.
These dates of CES have brought us the greatest hype around automation, connectivity, and augmented reality we cloud only dare to perceive. And most importantly, the new trends are about solving our everyday problems.
Autonomous technology is turning delivery services upside down
Delivery services are often a headache for consumers, and the negative responses can be enough to drive any delivery provider crazy. This could be a cold pizza, bad quality goods, or smaller size of the ordered clothes. Customers won’t use a service again if their experience is bad, which means lost money and harm to a service provider’s image.
The latest news from CES 2018 ensures some optimism. Toyota has presented a practical solution to this problem. Its e-Pallete Concept is an autonomous driving pod that delivers products and services. For instance, it can bring goods from the grocery store that you ordered. Moreover, it can bring the entire mobile shelf with these goods to choose the best one right from there. Also, you can be sure your pizza will be hot because a mobile kitchen will warm it on-the-go.
Toyota e-Pallete can bring goods from the grocery store that you ordered. Moreover, it can bring the entire mobile shelf with these goods to choose the best one right from there.
But Toyota promises to use its e-Pallete Alliance to improve a wide range of services apart from just delivery. These self-driving pods could be van-based restaurants or physical Amazon stores on wheels. Customers could avoid ordering the wrong size of clothing, for example, with the help of mobile showrooms. A rolling van could even become a mobile hotel room that you could order if you’re having trouble finding a free room in a city. Also, e-Pallete opens a wide range of new mobility services a part of listed above, just take a look:
Toyota’s e-Pallete Concept is a blank canvas that lets companies make services mobile and customer-centric. Service providers should be able to connect an entire fleet of e-Pallete autonomous vehicles and manage them remotely. This promises to turn automated delivery into a lucrative opportunity for businesses, which can capitalize on the connected and mobile experience in consuming services and products. It also connects various industries, making automotive software providers the main drivers of their autonomous future.
Toyota’s e-Pallete Concept is a blank canvas that lets companies make services mobile and customer-centric.
Drones are playing the piano, so what? They could be doing much more
Probably your attention was also captured by one of the most resonating CES 2018 highlights which is the astonishing performance of drones playing the piano. Yeah, it was cool, but what’s next? Who really needs a huge drone fleet that plays music? Probably not everyone. But if we look deeper into the robotics technology behind this performance, we see some true potential. What we really should take away from this show is that drones can now navigate with centimeter precision to destinations no larger than the key of an on-floor piano. Moreover, they can do this in synchronized groups of hundreds of units.
With the addition of automated path planning, sensors, cameras, and intelligent navigation solutions like Sky Atlas for safe flights to avoid restricted no-fly areas, we would receive an easily controlled swarm of little helpers for a range of tasks. Among others, these tasks include disaster management, rescue operations, building inspections, equipment repairs in dangerous areas, precise and dependable deliveries to anywhere, and rapid data collection. Drones may be used for advertainments and commercials, farming and agricultural purposes, military and airspace security. The total profit of drones usage across the industries would be counted for billions.
Drones can now navigate with centimeter precision to destinations no larger than the key of an on-floor piano. Moreover, they can do this in synchronized groups of hundreds of units.
Augmented reality builds trust between drivers and driverless cars
With fast-emerging autonomous driving technology, the issue of trust in artificial intelligence cannot be overestimated. The reason why trust is needed is simple – when the car itself performs all driver’s tasks it essentially becomes responsible for the lives of both the driver and those who share the road with the self-driving vehicle. This is no wonder that safety is among the top concerns drivers have about the future self-driving cars adoption.
A person sitting behind the wheel of an autonomous car can’t just trust the AI, at least not right now. A self-driving car has to show its intention to make a move before actually making it. And this is where augmented reality (AR) can truly shine and gain recognition among the consumers.
WayRay, a Swiss augmented reality software provider, is moving toward a solution for the issue of trust in autonomous cars. They’re introducing an AR-based heads-up display that holographically projects a car’s intentions to turn left or right, speed up, brake, or make some other maneuver right onto the car’s windshield.
This advanced HUD also shows information about the environment, route, points of interest, available features, potential obstacles, and car performance to assure the driver that everything’s okay. WayRay is making augmented reality a critical part of the Human Machine Interface that breaks the barrier between people and full metal cockpit of an autonomous car.
WayRay introduced an AR-based heads-up display that holographically projects a car’s intentions to turn left or right, speed up, brake, or make some other maneuver right onto the car’s windshield.
An intelligent home assistant? Give me two, please. A war that hasn’t even begun
Staying home alone isn’t boring anymore. Moreover, you no longer need to run from room to room to turn off the light, increase the volume for your favorite song, or even heat the oven to cook a holiday dish. Just ask your intelligent assistant to do these things for you and, voila, everything’s taken care of.
- Alexa, turn off the light in the bedroom, please.
- Siri, turn the volume up. That’s my favorite song.
- Hey Google, find a roast chicken recipe and prepare the kitchen for cooking.
What could be easier than making something happen just by saying it? We just have one warning: don’t confuse the name of your assistant, as they have feelings too. This year, the top trends at CES show that the market for intelligent assistants and smart home devices is heating up.
Soon, the war to sneak into your house with the best home pod app will begin, and mobile development will have a new point of focus for manufacturers who want to bring more value to clients and businesses.
In addition to that, smart assistants are finding a natural fit in other environments, including in the car. Toyota has announced an original in-car system for next year with Amazon Alexa on board without any additional hardware or software to be installed. The integration will be so natural that you’ll call your car a second home even while driving long miles at night.
Toyota has announced an original in-car system for next year with Amazon Alexa on board without any additional hardware or software to be installed.
Voices, voices everywhere. Infrastructure and cars are really talking
The idea of the smart city is stuck in the heads of enthusiasts from many different industries. This time, Ford has intervened in the dispute over what smart connectivity should look like. The company has announced a partnership with Qualcomm that’s intended to give birth to a cellular V2X technology to redefine the modern city infrastructure.
Ford is preparing a cloud-based connected platform for mobile services, smart infrastructure, and connected vehicles to unite efforts in preparing for a highly connected world.
Connected cars are already on the road, but what are they communicating with while rolling the lane? Basically, the infrastructure of even the biggest cities isn’t ready yet to communicate with highly connected technologies.
Ford is preparing a cloud-based connected platform for mobile services, smart infrastructure, and connected vehicles to unite efforts in preparing for a highly connected world. Ford isn’t the first company with an idea to design a comprehensive data platform for collaborative development. Initially, HERE has presented its own Open Location Platform with the same purpose of uniting industries to bring about a common connected future. Baidu is also on their way to presenting a platform for crowdsourced development in the location and smart infrastructure domains.
As evidenced at CES 2018, the biggest breakthroughs today are appearing at the junction of industries. The new tech world is all about partnerships between fields that previously were considered irrelevant to each other. The importance of platforms that could connect different industries is rising, so as the demand for platform developers to commute the pipelines. The automotive industry is gaining a new role as a hub that helps businesses in various fields transform their products and services into on-the-go solutions and adapt to the future mobile-first and autonomous-first world.
Don’t hesitate to ask our experts how trends from CES 2018 could help you solve the problems you’re struggling with.