Consumer Electronics Show Roundup: Intel, Toyota, BMW, Bosch
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced during his keynote address that for the first time the minerals used in its microprocessor silicon and packages have not been sourced from conflict zones as concluded by either a third-party audit or direct validation by Intel’s supply chain organization. Krzanich said the company has implemented a process within its supply chain to validate that the smelters that provide tantalum, tin, tungsten (pictured) and gold used in microprocessor silicon and packages made in Intel factories are not inadvertently funding the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Toyota unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell concept car and an engineering prototype that has been road tested in North America for more than a year. The hydrogen fuel cell prototype has delivered a driving range of about 300 miles, zero-to-60 acceleration of about 10 seconds without producing any emissions other than water vapor, Toyota says. Meanwhile, a fully fueled FCV concept car, a four-door mid-sized sedan, will be capable of supplying enough energy to power a house for a week in an emergency. Last week, Ford debuted a a solar-powered vehicle that doesn’t depend on the electric grid for fuel ahead of the CES show.
EV charging network company ChargePoint has partnered with BMW for the all-electric i3. ChargePoint’s network is integrated into the ConnectedDrive navigation system of the BMW i3 and through the car company’s remote mobile app. All BMW i3 owners will be provided ChargeNow cards, giving them access to more than 14,500 stations on ChargePoint’s network.
Induct Technology introduced a commercially available self-driving vehicle called Navia. The all-electric, self-driving shuttle, which will be ready for orders in the US next week, navigates streets congested with pedestrians or traffic without the use of rail or a designated path. The shuttle, which uses robotics, laser mapping technology and sensors, has already been deployed in Switzerland, the UK and Singapore.
Bosch is sponsoring a driverless car experience in the Las Vegas Convention Center Gold Plaza to give people an up-close look at emerging technology. Companies will present a range of technologies, explain how they work and discuss the advantages such as enhanced traffic flow, reduced travel times and improved fuel economy. Bosch president Mike Mansuetti says the company predicts fully automated driving beyond 2020.
Consumer Electronics Association, the owner and producer of the CES, awarded funds to the DesertSol solar house created by UNLV and to the Springs Preserve. The donations will help DesertSol project expand its role in educating the public about sustainable living in the Southern Nevada region and move to its new location at the Springs Preserve, the world’s largest campus of platinum-rated US Green Building Council LEED buildings.
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