IT & Network Infrastructure : Auto Tech Gadgetry Gets Star Treatment at CES 2010
Automobiles with the latest electronic gadgets and computer connectivity shared the spotlight at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas with smartphones, flat-screen TVs and tablet PCs. Ford, General Motors, Chrysler Kia, Toyota, Mercedes and Audi all vied to demonstrate that their cars were the most tech-savvy or greenest on the show floor. As soon as attendees entered the Central Hall, they were greeted by huge Intel and Microsoft displays, followed immediately by the Microsoft-Ford-Kia showroom, where several soon-to-market vehicles were available for viewing and tire-kicking. Connected cars were in evidence all through the show. In separate areas were displays involving General Motors (which introduced a new OnStar power-monitoring application for its Chevy Volt), Chrysler (unveiled a new remote-control gizmo), Audi (a clean-diesel vehicle with advanced 3D GPS) and Mercedes (new remote sound system improvements). Here are some of the highlights from the auto tech displays at CES 2010.