Wednesday at CES was all about the outdoors experiences that had gotten washed out in Tuesday’s rain. BMW invited people to compare real and virtual driving with a drifting course that let you do high-speed donuts in the parking lot and a line of simulators so you could try your hand a race-car driving. People were drawn from all over the convention by the sound of squealing tires.
BMW’s entire experience at CES 2018 is designed to explore the driving experience from virtual to ‘in real life.’ During BMW’s panel on “The Future of Racing: The Intersection of Virtual Technology and Real Experience,” there was a provocative discussion about how the goal of virtual reality is not replicating reality.
When attendees look forward to CES each year, they’re just as likely to think about the advances and ideas being showcased by automakers as they are by consumer electronics companies or the startups disrupting everyone’s business—or enhancing, as Postmates is doing for Ford, as they partner to study self-driving technology.
Ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. and self-driving software company Aptiv Plc will show off a fully-automated ride-hailing service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this month.
The “point-to-point” ride-hailing system will incorporate Lyft’s app with Aptiv’s automated driving platform, offering rides to attendees of the annual show, the companies said in a statement. Operating in complex areas like the Las Vegas Strip will “accelerate the availability of automated driving platforms for commercial applications,” the companies said.
MGM National Harbor has quickly joined the ranks of the D.C. region’s most popular Uber and Lyft destinations in 2017, a year after the bustling, $1.4 billion casino opened its doors in Prince George’s County.
After opening last December, the suburban Washington resort quickly became Maryland’s most profitable casino, with 6 million visitors in its first year.