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Consumer Electronics Show Roundup: Intel, Toyota, BMW, Bosch

intel-conflict-freeHere’s a roundup of green tech news from the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas:

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.

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One thought on “Consumer Electronics Show Roundup: Intel, Toyota, BMW, Bosch

  1. It is amazing that a company of the stature of INTEL and a CEO of the caliber of Krzanich; who must personally sign the Conflict Minerals Free report to the SEC; would be willing accept the exceptional high degree of risk to the reputation of the INTEL brand by claiming their complete supply chain is free of conflict minerals.

    Due to the flawed nature of the upstream 3T&G mineral certification program throughout the Great Lakes region of Africa, it is currently impossible for any manufacturer who utilizes the ITRI “bag and tag” mineral certification and the EICC/GeSI Smelter certification programs (which exclusively relies on the ITRI “bag and tag” certification) to certify that their mineral supply chain is free from “conflict minerals” as required by the SEC, unless they are willing to ignore numerous “red flags”.

    The nature of the resource extraction sector in the Great Lakes Region of Africa where I have worked and been associated with since 2005, is one where the level of corruption and instability will not allow ANY company of the size of INTEL to “certify” with any reasonable level of confidence that their supply chain is free from “conflict minerals” unless they are simply attempting to take a mis-informed marketing approach that ignores the “realities on the ground” to a continuing problem that the international community has not yet even begun to address with independent, verifiable procedures that will withstand the rigors of the required audit based on GAO standards.

    Mr. Krzanich is advised to carefully consider personally certifying any Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC that INTEL products are free of 3T and especially the Gold component when in fact it is currently impossible for any U.S. manufacturer to do so with any acceptable level of certainty.

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