Auto shows are not what they used to be and CES is evolving alongside them. What was once an event focused primarily on consumer electronics is now a sprawling Las Vegas takeover that features a midsize auto show built into the interior.
For CES 2022, which runs January 5-8, the show organizers are attracting more automakers and relentlessly focusing on self-driving and battery-electric vehicles.
And, because this is the first in-person CES during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more space between the booths, allowing attendees to walk through the convention center while maintaining – to some extent – social distancing requirements.
There will be more than 185 automotive technology exhibitors occupying the West Hall this year, including BMW, Daimler, Damon Motorcycles and Hyundai, show organizers said at a pre-CES press briefing.
Suppliers such as Qualcomm Automotive, Bosch and Continental will also bring their latest offerings, and startup BEV REE will showcase its fully autonomous last mile delivery concept vehicle, called Leopard, for the first time, along with its modular BEV platforms. Sensor vendors such as OmniVision will also be on site.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver a keynote address to discuss her company’s vehicle technology roadmap, and the automaker will officially unveil its new Chevrolet Silverado BEV during the show.
GM announced a number of BEVs at fully virtual CES 2021 last year, including a teaser for the Bolt EUV and details on the Cadillac Celestiq sedan.
Autonomous driving technologies from Aptiv and Waymo will be showcased at CES in January, as they have done in the past, but the most action-packed event scheduled for January will likely be the autonomous racing car challenge taking place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on January 7. It won’t be a standard race, and not just because there won’t be human pilots on board. This is a high-speed one-on-one passing competition that will be similar to the inaugural Indy Autonomous Challenge which took place in October in Indianapolis.
There, 21 universities from nine countries formed nine teams that sent their autonomous Dallara AV-21 racing cars on high-speed laps topping 209 km / h (130 mph). Five teams – EuroRacing from Italy, Switzerland and Poland; KAIST from South Korea; MIT-PITT-RW from the United States and Canada; PoliMOVE from Italy; and TUM Autonomous Motorsport from Germany – will participate in CES, the global series offering a grand prize of $ 1 million. TUM Autonomous Motorsport won the October event.
Other mobility technologies, including electric bicycles and scooters, are expected in the eMobility Experience area at CES 2022. A test track and demonstrations will be available in the western hall of the convention center.
Finally, the first iteration of the âLas Vegas Digital Twinâ will be unveiled at this year’s CES. Digital twins are virtual models of real-world objects – or places, in this case – that are activated by the Internet of Things and offer real-time digital information about what’s going on.
The idea with a digital twin of a city is to take advantage of advanced 5G networks to “dramatically improve mobility, air quality, noise pollution, water management and emissions from major buildings” , according to Cityzenith, a software developer involved in the project.
The system in place in Nevada will help the city go zero carbon, Cityzenith said, adding that its Digital Twin technology has already been used in New York City as part of a “Clean Cities-Clean Future” initiative. .
Phoenix is ââlikely to join the world of digital twins soon, according to the developer.