LAS VEGAS — Technology that could fundamentally reshape transportation was easy to find last week at CES.
There were sensors that allowed autonomous vehicles to travel at speeds approaching 190 mph, breakthrough battery advances that could enhance the transition to electric vehicles and immersive cabin technology that alters the passenger experience in cars.
How such technology moves from the show floor into the real world remains a vexing proposition. Innovation, particularly in the automotive sector, can be plodding.
It's an age-old problem scrutinized with renewed vigor during CES. Pressing concerns over greenhouse gas emissions, energy security and geopolitical stability, and economic uncertainty have automakers seeking technology that can deliver both breakthroughs and cost reductions.
But those technologies must pass through labourious and thorough development, verification and validation processes. Sometimes patience is required; sometimes policy and funding can increase the velocity.