Autonomous cars, the metaverse, connected health… Highlights from the CES show in Las Vegas

**Connected health, Metaverse, autonomous cars, what does the Las Vegas International Technology Fair have in store for us in its 2023 edition?

The international technology trade show, CES, is back in Las Vegas this Thursday after a virtual edition in 2021 and a 2022 version interrupted by the Omicron variant. Organizers hope to achieve new records this year. They expect nearly 100,000 visitors during the three days of the congress. A goal that remains modest compared to the last edition before the pandemic in 2020. That year, more than 170,000 new technology enthusiasts wandered between the stands.

Close to 3,000 exhibitors are expected to attend this year. In the program, the inevitable giants like Amazon AND Meta (formerly Facebook) but also many car manufacturers. An entire exhibition hall is dedicated to nearly 300 exhibitors from the automotive world.

Driverless cars, a technology almost ready

Many people describe CES as an essential alternative to the Paris Motor Show. A logical development for vehicles that are increasingly loaded with technology.

A special place this year was given to autonomous vehicles. Located on the border in some cities such as San Francisco, Phoenix (Arizona) or even Las Vegas, driverless cars aim to spread widely in the coming years. Among the big names, we find Waymothe self-driving transportation service from Alphabet, the parent group of Google, cruisethat of General Motors and Emotional a group backed by South Korea’s Hyundai.

In 2019, an experiment with autonomous cars was launched in France, at the university campus of the Saclay plateau, in the Paris region. Between 2018 and 2019, teachers, students and residents could test drive Renault’s Zoe CAB driverless electric cars. But Renault-Nissan will be among the biggest absentees at this year’s Las Vegas show.

For Anshel Sag, an analyst at technology consultancy Moor Insights and Strategy, the technologies are still a long way off: “This will be a major theme of the show. But I think if you look at 2022, a lot of the industry has really realized that AI technologies are not yet mature enough to allow vehicles to be fully autonomous, and some companies like Tesla won’t be able to do this for a while.

Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric car brand, has been repeatedly criticized for the dangers associated with autonomous driving.

Metaverse, a dream still preserved despite Meta’s failures

The big star of the 2021 edition of CES, Metaverse, this 3D virtual reality in which internet users from all over the world could meet to work, share and innovate, suffered some setbacks during 2022.

The most mobilized company in the metaverse, Meta, has lost hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market. More than 11,000 people have been laid off. This, while Mark Zuckerberg’s company continues to spend 20% of its R&D budget on the virtual universe.

However, the Las Vegas show gives significant exposure to the Metaverse and its underpinnings: web 3.

Connected health, at the center of concerns

Pillows to improve sleep, toilets to analyze urine at home, holograms to help surgeons: many innovations presented this Tuesday in advance of CES, aimed to take care of our bodies.

The legacy, among other things, of more than two years of the pandemic, health should be a main theme of the event according to technology analyst Avi Greengart:We need to see really cool health devices that monitor or improve our well-being“.

Among the notable innovations of the 2022 edition in terms of health, the Bongiovi company had introduced a remote stethoscope. An inexpensive 3D-printed device that would improve the quality of teleconsultations in medical deserts. Another innovation, the company Omron Healthcare introduced a portable device for measuring blood pressure capable of performing electrocardiograms.

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