Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

New vehicle technology will be on display at CES 2018 this week

New vehicle technology will be on display at CES 2018 this week

This year, more than 900 start-ups will exhibit at Eureka Park, a 50 per cent increase on last year.

CES is now in its 51st year. Companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google will take a break from promoting their own devices to strike up partnerships with third-parties. Google's Assistant can be summoned on Android smartphones, and Siri lives on Apple's iPhones.

Following the deadly mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in the city in October, CES organisers have also confirmed the introduction of new security measures around the event, with more stringent identification and bag check procedures set to be in place around show venues. There will be air quality tech, electric bikes, home automation gadgets, and even a connected hive monitor for beekeepers. "That really wasn't apparent two or three years ago". Now companies are pushing software and hardware for professional sports. Using that technology anyone sportsperson can measure real-time injury, recovery and performance status. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals.

CES boss Gary Shapiro says the conference will work harder to amplify women's voices.

One of the stars of the show is this little robot.

Also new this year: some serious competition.

The very first highlight of the event is Buddy, a personal robot. That said, it could be a slower year for autos at CES, as it seems a many carmakers are holding big announcements for the Detroit Auto Show (or North American International Auto Show as it's more formally known), which starts January 14th, just a few days after CES closes up. Numerous products will be quickly forgotten - like last year's wi-fi connected trash can with voice controls.

A sampling of human blood has turned up a surprise: most people could be immune to one of the world's biggest advances in genetic engineering.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the CTA, Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority and NV Energy - which provides electricity to the Las Vegas Convention Center - said in a joint statement.

We'll report back with the best, the worst, and the most dumfounding from Las Vegas throughout the week.

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