CES 2020 Las Vegas: spotlight on future mobility
The Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held this year from January 6-10, is the world’s biggest technology trade show and the hottest annual event for showcasing innovations. The mobility sector was a key part of the action, and carmakers gave full rein to their creativity with a focus on green transportation. Spotlight on the vehicles and inventions that will shape the mobility of tomorrow.
Mobility has become a highly attractive, ultra-competitive sector, especially since the advent of electric vehicles. Carmakers – the traditional market players – now have to compete with new entrants, including big tech, startups and even top electronics firms. At the CES, for example, Sony unveiled its electric concept car Vision-S, a vehicle that exploits the Japanese electronics maker’s full technological prowess. The sedan is equipped with 33 (radar, LiDAR and camera) sensors, both inside and outside of the car, a large infotainment screen covering the entire dashboard and a 360° audio system. It also features always-on connectivity. Its 400 kW (545 hp) two-motor system can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and reach a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
A subscription-only electric car suited for meetings
In partnership with Dassault Systèmes, the California-based startup Canoo has developed an all-electric urban minivan featuring an original chassis design. Inspired by a skateboard, the platform houses the batteries, motor and other bulky components, which frees up much needed passenger space. And it can be fitted with different types of vehicle cabins. The Canoo is the first power-steering vehicle on the market without a hardware connection between the steering wheel and the wheels. This means that it will be piloted by electric signals only. The vehicle, which can seat up to eight people, can also serve as a meeting room, thanks to its special rear-seat arrangement. Another novelty is that the Canoo will be available by monthly subscription only. It can therefore be returned at any time, unlike your typical leased vehicle. The vehicle has an EPA rating of 400 kilometers and can be recharged to 80% in 30 minutes. Its launch is scheduled for 2021.
A solar-powered, electric cargo bike
Wello, a French startup, is preparing to roll out an electric, three-wheel cargo bike nicknamed Family. The vehicle can be charged using a conventional outlet, or with solar power, which according to the manufacturer increases its range from 60 to 100 kilometers per day. In addition to the driver, the modern three-wheeler can transport one adult passenger or two children. It will be available this year.
An e-scooter with regenerative braking
Segway, a U.S. manufacturer of electric personal transportation devices, has introduced the Kickscooter Air T15, an electric scooter that recharges by braking. It has also unveiled its new machine: the S-Pod, a chair on two wheels that uses the same technology as the classic Segway and boasts a top speed of 38 km/h. Controlled by a joystick, the S-Pod could be an effective transportation option for people with reduced mobility. Designed for short distances or last-mile situations, the self-balancing pod could also win over airports, shopping centers, university campuses and other venues. The vehicle will launch in 2021.
Connected glasses for cyclists
Cosmo Connected, a French startup that develops safety products, has introduced its connected glasses for cyclists. Their head-up display allows riders to read data projected on the lens of the glasses (speed, distance traveled, distance from other vehicles, directions, etc.), while remaining focused on the road. The company has also used this technology to develop a connected helmet. Thanks to a built-in sensor that detects movement, a light situated at the rear of the helmet is automatically triggered if the cyclist applies the brakes.
A motorcycle that reduces accident risks
With its Hypersport Pro, the Canadian startup Damon may have found a solution for limiting the high number of accidents among motorcycle riders, who are more exposed to risks than motorists. The electric motorcycle uses a 360° warning system combining radar, cameras and invisible sensors that alert riders to blind spots and other threats. Its anti-crash technology (vibrations in the handle bars, warning lights and a wide-angle rear camera) enables riders to better anticipate hazards. The Hypersport Pro offers a maximum speed of 320 km/h and a highway range of more than 300 kilometers. It is scheduled to roll out in mid-2020 with a price tag of $24,995.