CES 2022: a glimpse into the future of electric vehicles

Discover our CES 2022 coverage.

What you will learn:

  • BMW body that changes color at the push of a button.
  • GM’s Chevy Silverado EV and its adoption of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Ride platform.
  • Sony’s new VISION S SUV using the EV / cloud platform.

Whether you were able to attend in person or digitally, CES 2022 was, at the very least, a great auto show, a show that brought back memories of going with your family as a kid to see the “cars of the future”. It is only today that we call these dream machines “the mobility experience of tomorrow”.

Change body color on a whim

Do you want an example ? Okay, how about a car whose exterior color can be adapted to different situations and individual wishes at the push of a button. The surface of the BMW iX Flow with E Ink includes a specially developed body wrap stimulated by electrical signals to change the color of the exterior of the vehicle at the request of the driver. It can go from white to gray or black and come back in moments. Says Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Directors of BMW AG: “With the BMW iX Flow we bring the body of the car to life.”

Due to the pandemic situation, the BMW Group has moved all media activities planned at CES to a fully digital program broadcast live from Germany. Thus, CES served as the virtual platform for the world premiere of iX Flow and the new BMW iX M60 EV, which has a combined power consumption of 24.7 to 21.7 kWh / 100 km based on the European WLTP measure.

The most powerful and fastest electric vehicle in the BMW product line, the iXM60 has a common system power of 455 kW / 619 PS from two electric motors, a maximum torque of 1,015 Nm in Sport mode or from 1100 Nm when Launch Control is active. With its electric all-wheel drive and its M-specific tuning chassis, the BMW iX M60 goes from a standing start to 100 km / h in just 3.8 seconds.

BMW has also introduced a new addition to its My Modes feature. In combination with the “entertainment system of the future” onboard My Mode Theater, the rear of the interior transforms into a private cinema lounge, incorporating the BMW cinema screen, a 31-inch screen. Ultra-wide display in 32: 9 format, surround sound and 5G connectivity. There, rear seat passengers can enjoy a cinematic experience with an entertainment program that can be individually selected on a screen with a resolution of up to 8K.

Frank Weber commented: “We are developing immersive digital experiences for pure driving pleasure. In Theater mode, the rear of the interior is transformed into a private cinema lounge. With the 31 inch screen, 5G connectivity, 8k resolution, surround sound and individual streaming programs, an unprecedented experience is created that sets new standards in in-car entertainment. “

Chevy Silverado EV and Snapdragon

The headliner of GM’s CES entries is the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV full-size pickup. At launch, the Silverado EV will be available in two configurations: an RST first edition and a fleet-oriented WT model. The Silverado EV will deliver an estimated range of 400 miles by GM on a full charge as well as 10.2 kW outboard power, available four-wheel steering, a fixed glass roof and an LCD infotainment screen. 17 inches diagonally.

GM’s plans for the U.S. EV market beyond the Chevrolet Silverado EV will include a Chevrolet Equinox EV SUV with an estimated MSRP of around $ 30,000, as well as a larger Chevrolet Blazer EV SUV. . Equinox EV and Blazer EV will be available in 2023.

GM will be the first company to use Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Ride platform for advanced driver assistance technology. The new computing architecture will have the processing capacity of several hundred personal computers, but is only about the size of two laptops placed on top of each other.

At CES, Qualcomm Technologies showcased the latest addition to the Snapdragon Ride platform portfolio: the Snapdragon Ride Vision System. The open, scalable and modular computer vision software stack is based on a 4nm process technology system-on-chip (SoC) designed for an optimized implementation of front and surround cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated. driving (AD).

By combining Snapdragon Ride SoCs with Arriver’s next-generation vision perception software stack, the Snapdragon Ride vision system supports the various computational functions required for enhanced perception around the vehicle. This allows planning and taking action to create a safer driving experience.

Vision Perception, which was created earlier in 2021 by Arriver’s parent company, Veoneer, combines human perception and AI. For example, for a car to automatically map the environment around it and provide this information to trigger automated responses, such as braking or warnings to drivers, the sensors must be able to accurately capture this data and integrate them into the systems inside the vehicle. Sensors also need to connect it wirelessly to augment, process, and apply it in real time.

Arriver has developed the necessary software stack, ranging from perception algorithms to support for automated driving features. When integrated with Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Ride platform, it offers a fully functional solution. The collaboration is poised to deliver not only next-generation technology, but a road-tested solution ready for production from 2024.

VISION-S Part Two

Two years ago, at CES 2020, Sony’s “VISION-S” was an initiative to contribute to the evolution of mobility via a prototype vehicle on its stand. Sony began public road testing in Europe in December of the same year and began testing the safety and user experience of imaging and detection technology installed inside and out. exterior of the vehicle.

By presenting a new prototype SUV-type vehicle (VISION-S 02) at CES 2022, Sony is making use of the large interior space and variants of a 7-seater. This vehicle uses the same EV / cloud platform as the prototype (VISION-S 01), which is tested on public roads.

The system supports safe driving by recognizing and analyzing the environment in real time, with sensors installed 360 degrees around the vehicle. These sensors include high sensitivity, high resolution, wide dynamic range CMOS image sensors and LiDAR sensors that accurately detect three-dimensional space.

Additionally, the system offers intuitive driver interaction in conjunction with the vehicle’s audio system and HMI system. Thus, the driver can accurately judge the state of the surrounding environment, such as the presence of emergency vehicles, even from inside the vehicle. Sony is currently conducting functional verification tests in Europe for the release of ADAS level 2+ on public roads.

In the Vision-S 02, key locks and other user settings can be synchronized by connecting the vehicle to the cloud using mobile communication, including 5G, which offers low latency, high capacity capabilities and high speed. In addition, since updates are reflected in the vehicle via over the air (OTA), it is possible to ensure security and evolve service functions and value-added offerings.

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