Gartner – Mobility took centre stage at CES 2020

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The dust has settled following CES 2020, and while the week-long Las Vegas event served up its usual range of weird and wonderful gadgets, it’s now time to reflect on the bigger picture and what was one of the major trends at the showcase.

According to research firm Gartner, that trend was mobility, which took many different guises.

“CES 2020 has been more focused on mobility than ever before. Besides car companies, tech giants and large electronics brands now dedicate a major part of their booth and announcements to mobility solutions,” explains senior director of research at Gartner, Pedro Pacheco.

One of the first elements of mobility that was clear to see at CES 2020 was a more holistic approach to the implementation of technologies in future, the firm notes. This as car manufacturers have tried out a myriad different mobility models in the past, and are now embracing a model that is more on the long-term future of the industry.

“With this, they wish to define their future role in mobility and how to win in the turns of the sector’s disruption. Toyota’s Woven City and Hyundai’s concept of Hub and Purpose Built Vehicle are examples of that,” Pacheco adds.

Along with a more holistic approach, Gartner has found that manufacturers are taking a greater all-encompassing look at autonomous driving technology. With autonomous things being one of the major trends identified by Gartner for 2020 in general, in the motoring sphere this technology will begin to focus more closely on how self-driving cars interact with passengers and pedestrians.

“For instance, as Honda’s Augmented Drive approaches a period of transition to autonomous drive, BMW’s i Interaction Ease portrays what the cabin of an autonomous car can be decades from now,” Pacheco points out.

The last aspect highlighted by Gartner is what’s happening inside of these cars of the future. Here open-source and shared platforms will become commonplace, along with the onboard experience being an area where manufacturers will try to differentiate greatly form one another to create a competitive advantage.

“As such, a number of tech, automotive and consumer electronics companies are developing technologies to enable future cabin experiences, digital upgrades and personalization,” according to Pacheco.

“Several companies have presented a glimpse of that vision, from Sony’s Vision S car to several showcases from Here Technologies, Harman, Qualcomm and Amazon,” he concludes.

If Gartner’s insight proves to be true, the roads are set to be far more exciting in the coming decade.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.