Self-driving cars won the week at CES 2016, with AI and big data the unsung heroes – TechRepublic

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By far, the biggest leap forward at CES 2016 was the progress being made in autonomous vehicles. All of the top automakers were at CES presenting their fully-loaded plans for self-driving cars and they turned the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall—usually a hinterland of random also-rans—into the epicenter of the show.Videos extolling their self-driving vehicles splashed across 50-foot video screens, photos and prototypes of friendly, automated cars-of-the-future preened front and center, and prosaic testing vehicles with funny-looking spinning antennas stood as proof that progress is being made.Meanwhile, automakers gave CES keynotes, staged press conferences, and had an endless parade of backroom meetings to talk up their suddenly aggressive plans to bring self-driving cars to market in the next four years.”The auto industry will change more in the next 5-10 years than it has in the past 50,” said GM CEO Mary Barra during her CES keynote on Wednesday.At Ford’s press conference on Tuesday, CEO Mark Fields said, “I predict that 2016 will be a revolutionary year in the automotive industry.”Ford was at the center of the hottest rumor leading into CES after a Yahoo news report stated that Google and Ford were preparing to announce a partnership on self-driving vehicles. Fields indirectly shot down the rumor at his press conference, saying Ford partners with lots of other organizations—especially universities.

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