In amongst all of the usual companies exhibiting at CES 2014 there are a few companies that appear to be a little bit out of place at a technology trade show. While we are used to seeing the latest speakers, TVs, tablets and smart phones on display, a full sized SUV is an unusual sight on the show floor. But rest assured it’s not the result of some mass Sat-Nav error that’s brought the vehicles to CES – car manufacturers are increasingly looking to blend the worlds of automotive and technology and incorporate connectivity into their vehicles.
This is an exciting area for us, with innovations in mobility, telematics, and in-vehicle networking, NXP has been integral in transforming the car from a simple mode of transport to a personalised mobile information hub. This year we are demonstrating solutions that will revolutionise the driving experience. These include intelligent transportation systems (ITS), Car-to-Car (C2C) and Car-to-Infrastructure (C2I) communications, as well as advances in self-driving vehicles and security.
There’s certainly plenty going on in the connected car space at CES, so here are a few of the other highlights from across the show floor:
Imagine, it’s a beautiful day, you’re driving along taking in the scenery and suddenly a child runs in front of your car – can you stop in time? Not to worry because your car has already detected the child and slammed on the brakes automatically. That might seem like a scenario from the distant future but that’s exactly what the Navia robotic shuttle car is designed to do.
The French designed vehicle is the first commercially available driverless vehicle.
The vehicle is fully electric and navigates unassisted, based on instructions from passengers entered into a touchscreen. While it’s not allowed to travel on public roads (top speed is only 12.5 mph), it could be coming to a university campus near you soon.
The only thing worse than looking for a parking space is actually parking the car when you find one, so why not let your car do it for you? German manufacturer Bosch has unveiled a self-parking car controlled by a smart phone app. With the automatic parking assist system a driver can find a space, get out of the car, swipe an virtual image on their screen and hey presto! The car kicks into action and begins easing itself into the space aided by 12 ultra-sonic sensors. With technology like this there is never a need to fear parallel parking ever again.
Driving can be a stressful experience; traffic, bad drivers and noise all contribute to driver stress. Until the day driverless cars hit the roads, congestion and poor driving will continue to be an issue, but we can do something about noise. NXP and sound experts Bose have collaborated to create the ultimate noise cancelling technology for automobiles.
Using advanced signal processing algorithms the Bose/NXP solution works with the vehicle’s sound system to cancel out engine noise in real-time. If you’d like to learn more about our collaboration with Bose, then come see us at CES (Booth CP9). We’ll be talking about quieter cars and, among other things, our connected solutions for home automation, mobile devices, and more. Visit our CES website for more information: http://www.nxp.com/events/ces2014/