Connected Car Connections @CES: Guide to Best Parties, Drives, Events, Tips & Meetings

PrintCES this year is packed with more automotive connected car announcements than ever before. Receptions and media events start before the CES exhibit area opens on January 6. Some automakers that were exhibiting, last year, will not have vehicles on the exhibit floor such as GM, and Hyundai. Although GM will not have a booth, CEO Mary Barra will be making a big announcement. The automakers that will be at events during CES are Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Kia, Toyota, Ford, GM, Faraday Future and Daimler (Mercedes-Benz).

There will be many technology suppliers to the automotive industry including DENSO, Hyundai Mobis, Bosch, Rinspeed, Continental, ZF, Visteon, IBM, HERE, Valeo, Autoliv, NXP, Qualcomm, NVIDA, Alpine, Pioneer, KARMAN, Magellan and others. When we first saw all the invitations and events it became overwhelming until we put them in order by date and time. We have linked to more details about the exhibitors or events if they published previously. We will be attending most of the events listed and described.

Monday January 4 Pre-Pre Arrival Day Stuff

7:30PM Faraday Future is revealing it concept car which we expect should be a cross between a Tesla S and BMW i3, however, a teaser video and other sources suggest it will connected to smartphones, have a very functional backseat and offer some kind of sharing service. Somewhere on South Las Vegas Blvd.

7:30PM – 10:30PM Covisint Private Networking Event, Rock House, Venetian event is open to all members of the greater Telematics & Infotainment community If you have questions, please contact Karen Piurkowski from Covisint.

Tuesday, January 5 Press/Media Day

7:30-8:00AM. Mandalay Bay. Ford Press Conference. It has been leaked that Ford make a partnership announcement with Google about making cars and or sharing car technology.

8:00 – 8:45AM Bosch press conference with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Bosch will have big presence at CES showing the car of the future.

9:00AM-5:45PM The Consumer Telematics Show is the meeting point for 500+ automotive execs before International CES for $995 – $5195 at the Rio

1:00-1:45PM Toyota will host a press conference on safety. Toyota will announce new details on its plans for research leveraging artificial intelligence featuring Dr. Gill Pratt, Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), as well as other senior TRI leaders. We understand the telematics announcement will offer something completely new for Toyota.

2:00-2:45PM Valeo is showing its new tech— Mr. Jacques Aschenbroich, Valeo Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Jean-Francois Tarabbia, Valeo Group Senior Vice President, Research & Development and Product Marketing, will present Valeo’s strategy and the innovations being developed today to make tomorrow’s cars safer, smarter and more fun to drive. Demonstrations of the Cruise4U, intuitive driving vehicle, and Sightstream, a camera system that replaces conventional rearview mirrors, will be held at the Gold Lot on Wednesday Jan. 6, 2016.

4:00-4:45PM  Kia is announcing debut of its dedicated autonomous driving program with a focus on future vision, strategy and new technologies. Kia will also discuss its progress and innovations around the connected car experience. KMC executives will be on hand to answer questions.

Delphi is giving rides in its latest model Roadrunner Audi with its newest technology. As of this writing all appointments have been filled.

6:00 – 8:30PM at Portofino in the Mirage Discover Blue reception by Bluetooth SIG. Companies of all sizes and industries will be demoing the latest tech innovations coming in 2016. Come see what’s new in health and fitness, beacons, wearables, smart home, toys and games, speakers/audio/headphones, fashion, virtual reality, and more across all consumer electronics and the Internet of Things. 

7:00 – 10:30PM Mirage. PepCom Digital Experience Beach Blowout. The event is open to full-time editorial press and analysts only.  They will not admit spouses, guests, or any other non-editorial or non-analyst personnel. No one under 21 is allowed.

8:30PM Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Theater. Dr. Herbert Diess, chairman, board of management, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, will deliver a keynote address a. Diess will use the CES stage to launch an all-electric concept car while focusing his remarks on electric mobility driving the automotive market.  He will illustrate the synergy between the Internet of Things and the automotive industry.

Wednesday January 6 Connected Car CES Events

10:30AM Mobileye’s Professor Amnon Shashua, will reveal our plans for future technology expansion, and provide more details about its enhanced roadmap, especially focused on autonomous driving.

11:00 Audi will present its latest technologies and models for the sixth time at CES. Audi will be offering insights into the latest developments from its technology world. Ricky Hudi, Head of Electrics/Electronics Development, and Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will present the latest technologies, products and megatrends in the areas of electrification, digitalization and piloted driving. With a concept car and numerous technology exhibits, Audi is offering an outlook on the automotive future, which will be influenced more than ever by the electronics field.

11:30-1:30PM Livio and UIEvolution along with QNX and Ford offer a luncheon and SmartDeviceLink event, North Hall N-256.

1:00-2:00PM Keynote: General Motors’ (GM) CEO Mary Barra will discuss how GM is redefining personal mobility during a keynote address at CES 2016. It has been confirmed that GM will reveal a production model of the new Chevy Bolt with up to 200 miles on a charge priced at around $30,000.

4:00-6:00 pm UIEvolution Cocktail Party. Palazzo. The invite says “Please join us for a cocktail and to learn more about UIEvolution solutions.To attend, you will need to coordinate your arrival time with a UIEvolution staff member, as all guests are required to be personally escorted to the reception. Please email if you are interested in attending.

6:00-8:00PM Trump Tower (Wed. & Thursday) GENIVI Alliance with Matt Jones displaying open source infotainment projects.

6:00-10:00 Wynn Hotel & Casino. ShowStoppers, invitation-only press event, now in its 23rd year. Pre-registration required. There is no  registration on-site, business card, CES Badge and ID required.

Continental is hosting an invite-only demonstration of new technology.

Booths and Other Demos

Visteon Corporation will demonstrate vehicle cockpit electronics products and technology designed to deliver a rich, connected driving experience at CES.

Pioneer will show new technologies that have never been seen before. They will show V2P (Vehicle to Pedestrian) Communication, Driving Lane Detection, AUI (Auditory User Interface), Fragrance UI / Bio-sensing system, Laser HUD (Heads Up Display), Context-Awareness Engine andOnboard Cameras.

Velodyne will show LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors for autonomous vehicle applications, 3D mapping and surveying, robots on land and sea, and all manner of UAVs.

Clarion’s FDS is the industry¹s first car audio system and speakers to function entirely on digital audio signals. At no point is the audio signal converted from digital to analog or passed through an amplifier. This all-digital approach operates on a purely digital audio signal from the source to the speaker voice coils, resulting in pristine sounding audio with zero loss in quality and no added noise from DACs or analog connections.

Mitsubishi Electric’s FLEXConnect.IVI features a 12.1” portrait mode capacitive touch center display, a 12.3” landscape cluster display and heads up display, all powered by one J6 processor allows content which allows content to pass seamlessly between the three screens, providing a premium user experience for the end consumer while reducing cost and complexity for the OEM.

HDBaseT Automotive will show a way to supply video streams to autos.

Some other things that are interesting are a robotic infant seat and solar-powered DriveID  identifies where the driver’s phone is in a vehicle and stops texts, email, social media, while allowing passengers the option to use their phones freely. Parents and fleet managers can get detailed reports that include info on braking, acceleration, cornering, speed, etc.

Tech CARS Award nominees CarLoudy will be on display, Vinili is driving journalists around town with demos, QNX will show a new concept car.

During CES week, for every image shared with your eyes closed and hashtagged #SharetheSun on Instagram or Twitter, WakaWaka will donate one solar flashlight (up to 1,000 lights) to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support families caught in crisis and living without access to electricity. WakaWaka encourages participants to “tag-it-forward” by tagging friends to share photos, continue the conversation and give light to those in need.


Because CES is a technology show, all the vendors clog the airwaves. It is often difficult to get cell or data signals within the convention centers.  Sometimes you can get signals in the hallways at the Sands Convention Center. We suggest you download CES maps to your phone so that you don’t have to worry. There will increased security which may visitors down.