Connected car connections, mobility, autonomous & marketing at CES: NIVIDIA, Nissan & Ford

The first keynote speaker for CES 2017 is NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who will deliver the event’s preshow address at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

NVIDIA has spent the last two decades pioneering graphics processing unit (GPU) computing. It invented the GPU in 1996 and has evolved it into a computer brain that gives humans the power to simulate virtual worlds and gives computers the intelligence to understand the real world. NVIDIA is now the world leader in AI computing — turning science fiction into reality.

The Autonomous Vehicle Marketplace — formally known as Vehicle Intelligence — has grown by 75 percent since its inception at CES 2014. NVIDIA will exhibit alongside automotive manufacturers in the North Hall at CES 2017. Plus, more than a dozen CES conference sessions are dedicated to autonomous vehicles and vehicle technology.

Nissan announced it will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 held in Las Vegas. Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn will deliver a keynote on January 5, 2017 at Westgate Theater.

During his keynote, Ghosn will provide insights on how Nissan Intelligent Mobility is enabling Nissan to realize its vision of the future. He will also announce several technology advancements and partnerships that will benefit consumers today.

“I’m pleased that Nissan will be taking the CES stage at this moment of significant change and opportunity for the automotive sector,” said Ghosn. “Nissan has a history of developing breakthrough technologies that have transformed how cars are powered, driven, and integrated with wider society. We look forward to presenting our vision for how the technologies of today are the building blocks for a future with zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road.”

The LIT Dinner, an invitation-only event, will take place at 6:30 PM Friday, January 6, in the Lafite Ballroom at the Wynn Las Vegas. Fields’ address comes as the company is expanding its business model to be both an auto and a mobility company. Ford is strengthening and investing in its core business, while at the same time aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility – the company’s plan to lead in vehicle connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. As part of this, Ford is driving autonomous vehicle leadership with the intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous, SAE level 4 vehicle in commercial operation in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service in 2021.

In addition to the address, Ford will also be exhibiting at CES 2017 in the Vehicle Technology Category. One of the newest additions to this category is the Autonomous Vehicles Marketplace, which showcases the latest advancements in autonomous driving and car safety – an area that a vast majority of consumers are excited about, according to a new CTA survey — Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments.

For the second year in a row, CES will host the Accessibility Marketplace to highlight technology that facilitates connections, enhances learning as well as education of disabilities and capabilities, and improves the quality of life for many people living with disabilities.

CES 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading innovation event, cementing CES’ place in history as the global gathering place for innovation and technology. Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 products. These include world-changing innovations such as the VCR (1970), the DVD (1996), digital radio (2000) and Blu-ray recording standards (released in 2002), as well as more recent technologies — consumer 3D printers, tablets and 4K Ultra HD Television. CES has also driven the market growth in pioneering technologies such as autonomous cars and drones.