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Also inside, the autonomous vehicles on display at CES 2024
January 5, 2024
Here are the most read stories in IoT World Today this week:
IoT World Today spoke with Kodiak CEO and co-founder Don Burnette about his company’s emergence in the field of autonomous long-haul trucks.
The company has accumulated more than 70,000 miles per month over 18,000 miles of highway, as it prepares for the introduction of fully driverless testing in 2024.
Kodiak’s success comes in a turbulent landscape, as several high-profile players departed the scene in 2023 – Embark Trucks was sold, TuSimple quit the United States and Waymo opted to concentrate on robotaxis rather than its Waymo Via freight business.
Burnette likened privately-owned Kodiak’s continuing upward trajectory as similar to the famous “tortoise and the hare” fable. “We’ve been the tortoise. We’ve been moving slowly. We’re small, we’ve been quiet. But really, we’ve taken over this industry,” he claims.
Autonomous vehicles are expected to play a leading role at this year’s CES.
While some of the bigger automaker names will be absent, there will still be plenty of major players in attendance.
Among the companies on display will be Japan’s Honda, which has announced a new “global EV series,” though exact details of the new series have not yet been revealed. Mercedes will also showcase its new AI-powered MBUX.CES virtual assistant hailed as “the next major step” toward its vision of a personalized, connected driving experience.
Honda’s collaboration with Sony, Afeela – which presented a sedan with self-driving capability at CES last year – will also be present, although what it intends to show is still to be announced.
From connected vehicles to smart homes, robotic assistants and automation technologies, IoT is set to take center stage at this year’s CES, taking place Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas.
The event will showcase IoT innovations across industries, with speakers from companies including Deloitte, Omdia and Microsoft discussing the changing trends, and how businesses can adapt to keep ahead.
Whether you’re attending CES in person or virtually, here are some of the panel discussions and sessions worth checking out.
Genesis Systems, a company developing solutions for water scarcity, is debuting its home appliance, the WaterCube 100, at CES 2024.
The design uses Renewable Water from Air technology to generate more than 100 gallons of fresh water each day — enough for a household of four — from the air.
The company previously released its WaterCube 1000, which generates 1,000 gallons of water per day and is designed for deployment within villages and towns. The smaller-scale model marks the company’s move into the consumer market, intended for home or office deployment.
Genesis Systems said its design is a “technological leap” for water sourcing methods, particularly pertinent given ongoing water scarcity issues and rising instances of drought.
Boston Dynamics has partnered with entertainment company Neon Group to create robotic-powered, immersive experiences for entertainment and educational purposes.
The partners said the collaboration will usher in a “new era of experiential storytelling.”
Animax, Neon’s animatronics subsidiary, will also participate in the project.
Michael Mattox, Animax’s executive vice president, said the union is set to transform the animatronics industry, supporting Animax’s expansion and fulfilling a “growing need for immersive entertainment experiences worldwide."
Assistant Editor, IoT World Today
Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.
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