LAS VEGAS -- It all started on the Sunday before the 2015 International CES, whenfrom the San Francisco Bay Area to Las Vegas. That night, Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, took the stage at a press conference. Instead of talking about gaming hardware as he had in years past, he took a deep dive into the possibilities of , which power cabin and self-driving systems.
The car realized its potential as the fastest-growing mobile electronics platform at CES 2015.
According to Audi executives, the A7 made it to Las Vegas on Monday without incident, and was put on display in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It joined cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler. BMW showed that itsby itself and keep a driver from hitting obstacles. Hyundai and .
On the road to fully self-driving cars, it seems that self-parking may be the next big innovation. As shown at CES 2015, you would pull up to a parking garage entrance, then get out of your car and send it to find a parking place. When you left the restaurant, theater or office, you would summon the car, and it would be waiting for you in a special pickup zone in front of the garage.
Self-driving technology from automotive suppliersand at CES 2015 suggest that current adaptive cruise control systems may soon add self-steering, so drivers can let the car take over in stop-and-go traffic and on long highway runs. Delphi even showed the full capabilities of its self-driving technology in an urban environment, but that likely won't hit production for many years.
, unveiled at CES 2015, showed the German automaker combining self-driving, advanced electronics in the cabin and a clean-energy drivetrain in its prediction for what a car might be like in 2030. You can't accuse Mercedes-Benz of being short-sighted.
Cabin tech improvements included the unveiling of theAudi designed for the next generation of its Q7 SUV. That Virtual Cockpit included implementations of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, letting drivers mirror their phones on the car's LCD.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto signs were in abundance around the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall, the domain of automotive electronics.was showing off a new low-end head unit supporting both features, which will appear in its least expensive cars. And if you are not ready to buy a new car, aftermarket stereo makers , and had systems supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Another trend in cabin electronics seems to be gesture control. BMW gave CNET a peek at what a futurewould look like, and Volkswagen unveiled its , showing off an array of gesture-controlled features.
Unlike the many makers of personal and home electronics at CES, automakers and equipment suppliers tend to focus less on product announcements and more on future tech. At CES, we get to see what the car of tomorrow can do. See all of CNET's car tech coverage of CES 2015 here.