Biggest Self-Driving Car News from CES 2017

After CES 2016?EU?s blockbuster announcement that Lyft had raised $1 billion to develop self-driving cars, the year turned out to be awash with news from the industry. Exceeding expectations, observers knew to expect a lot of news on the sector in 2017. That came, with a whole lot of riff-raff mixed in. Despite the avalanche of talks and announcements, these are five major developments (or sets of developments) that set the tone for which companies will advance quickly with their autonomous vehicle portfolios this year.

1. Intel and Kia: Without 5G, autonomous vehicles aren?EU?t going anywhere

It might be cool to think about a robotic car cruising around the streets of San Francisco whisking you off to your morning Hyperloop commute between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, but we aren?EU?t going anywhere until we see a major communications infrastructure upgrade.

Henry Bzeih, Managing Director, KIA Connected & Mobility Division, said as much during a pretty critical session in Las Vegas called ?EU?The top use cases for 5G: Drones, autonomous driving, VR and more.?EU? He was joined on stage by T-Mobile USA CTO Neville Ray, Sprint?EU?s COO of Technology G√ľnther Ottendorfer, Ericsson Senior VP (and Head of Business Unit Network Products) Arun Bansal, and Qualcomm Senior VP of Engineering Durga Malladi. During the session, he said that the full potential of autonomous autos would not be reached without those capabilities.

Intel made waves before, during and now after the conference with the release of the world?EU?s first 5G modem, which it says is the world?EU?s first that supports sub-6GHz bands and mmWave spectrum. Again, the company argued they were an essential for the self-driving vehicles of the near future.

?EU?A deeper dive on autonomous vehicles show how they will be, in effect, data centers on wheels,?EU? Aicha Evans, VP and GM of Intel Communication and...

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