"Throughout the last few years, we have seen some exciting developments in the commercial vehicle industry that have pushed the boundaries of innovation", Quinn said.
Whereas the 2017 CES was underscored by a heavy focus on smart home automation, this year's edition of the event will likely place more attention to the emerging fields of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Smart speaker sales in the USA rose sharply to almost 25 million in 2017, with close to 11 million purchased during the holiday season.
Even within my first six hours of being in Vegas, I saw AI assistants (like Google and Amazon Alexa) packed into what are normally boring household items like smoke alarms, bathroom mirrors, and shower heads.
So, why is Google focusing on its AI assistant in such a big way at CES 2018? However, Kohler says it will also offer connected bathroom products featuring Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit technologies in the future - an implicit nod to the fact that the competition in the voice technology and smart home market is still wide open.
And for Google, it's the flawless opportunity step out from Alexa's shadows and assert its in the smart home space once and for all. The fight against Amazon to dominate voice is probably more crucial to Google than its hardware push. This year, we already know that Amazon is partnering with appliance makers to build Alexa into new products such as microwaves and conventional ovens.
Keeker the smart voice-activated multimedia robot. Keecker
"An important trend will be the shift away from a preoccupation with completely autonomous driving to more emphasis on driver aids".
Expect to see lots of smart home gadgets during the show.
"We expect a broad showcase of electric cars and lots of partnerships between automakers, semiconductors companies like Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm, content providers and mapping companies". Nothing says "future transportation" like self-driving cars, though, which took to the streets en masse previous year.
Another tech firm incorporating artificial intelligence is HiRide, which will introduce a mountain bike suspension system capable of interpreting road conditions for the goal of providing a smoother ride.
And the same goes for robots, which grab headlines and look cute, but may not be the next mainstream must-have just yet with limited use.
TVs still play a big part of the show, though the energy and excitement in Las Vegas this year is tilted toward smart speakers and intelligent connected devices and the powerful Silicon Valley companies whose technology powers them.
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