Autonomous cars, metaverse, connected health… The essentials of the CES show in Las Vegas

Connected health, Metaverse, autonomous cars, what does the Las Vegas International Technology Fair have in store for us in its 2023 edition?

The international technology trade show, CES, is back in Las Vegas this Thursday after a virtual edition in 2021 and a 2022 version disrupted by the Omicron variant. The organizers hope to achieve new records this year. They expect almost 100,000 visitors during the three days the convention lasts. A goal that remains modest compared to the last pre-pandemic edition in 2020. That year, more than 170,000 new technology enthusiasts wandered between the stands.

Almost 3,000 exhibitors should be present this year. On the program, the inevitable giants like Amazon and Meta (formerly Facebook) but also many car manufacturers. An entire exhibition hall is dedicated to almost 300 exhibitors from the automotive world.

Driverless cars, a technology almost ready

Many people describe CES as a significant alternative to the Paris Motor Show. A logical development for vehicles that are increasingly filled with technology.

This year, autonomous vehicles were given a special place. Deployed on the margins of a few cities such as San Francisco, Phoenix (Arizona) or even Las Vegas, driverless cars aim to become widespread in the coming years. Among the big names we find Waymothe self-driving transportation service from Alphabet, Google’s parent group, CruiseGeneral Motors and Movable a group backed by South Korean Hyundai.

In 2019, an experiment with autonomous cars was launched in France, on the campus of the Saclay plateau in the Paris region. Between 2018 and 2019, teachers, students and residents could test Renault’s driverless electric cars, the Zoe CAB. But Renault-Nissan will be among the big absentees from the Las Vegas show this year.

For Anshel Sag, analyst at technology consultancy Moor Insights and Strategy, the technologies are still a long way off: “This will be a main theme of the show. But I think if you look to 2022, a lot of the industry has really realized that AI technologies are not yet mature enough to allow vehicles to be fully autonomous, and some companies like Tesla don’t really want to be in able to do so for a while.

Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric car brand, has repeatedly been criticized for the risks associated with its autonomous driving mode.

The Metaverse, a dream still sustained despite Meta’s failures

Huge star of the 2021 edition of CES, Metaverse, this 3D virtual reality where Internet users from all over the world could meet to work, exchange and innovate, suffered several failures during the year 2022.

The most mobilized company in the metaverse, Meta, has lost hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market. More than 11,000 people have been made redundant. This, while Mark Zuckerberg’s company continues to spend 20% of its R&D budget on the virtual universe.

However, the Las Vegas show gives significant exhibition space to the “Metaverse” and its support: “web 3”.

Connected health, the core of the concerns

Pillows to improve sleep, toilets to analyze urine at home, holograms to help surgeons: many novelties presented this Tuesday as a preview of CES were intended to take care of our bodies.

The legacy, among other things, after more than two years of pandemic, health should be a main theme of the event according to technology analyst Avi Greengart: “We should see really interesting health gadgets that monitor or improve our well-being“.

Among the notable innovations of the 2022 edition in terms of health, the Bongiovi company had presented a remote stethoscope. An inexpensive device printed in 3D that would improve the quality of teleconsultations in medical deserts. Another innovation, the company Omron Healthcare presented a portable blood pressure monitor capable of performing electrocardiograms.

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