No one wants to call CES 2017 the year of autonomous cars…because they aren’t here just yet. But 2017 marks the year where the consumer electronics industry is gearing up for their arrival. At the Nissan keynote given by Carlos Ghosn, it was revealed that ProPilot would be coming to the next Nissan Leaf. This semi-autonomous driving suite is already in a handful of Japanese vehicles. According to Ghosn, “The destructive triangle of autonomous drive technology, electric vehicles, connected cars and services means we will see more change in the next 10 years than we did in the last 50.”
Everyone was excited and anxious to see what Faraday Future was going to bring to the table, especially after last year at CES, when they led everyone to believe they were bringing a consumer-oriented vehicle but wound up unveiling a hypercar. On the exterior, the FF91 SUV does not disappoint. However, we’ll see if there will be a market for the SUV that is touted to be able to reach zero to 60 in 2.39 seconds (faster than a Tesla Model S). The company said it will take preorders at $5,000. We’ll see if LeEco and its CE pockets can help float the vehicle dream to a production reality.
Hyundai was giving rides in its autonomous IONIQ through a one-mile loop of Vegas. There was a human on board to make sure everything went smoothly, but Hyundai is promoting it can make autonomous technology work with fewer expensive sensors, bringing autonomous technology to the masses sooner.