What’s new for fleets at CES 2023? Watch out for new technologies to streamline fleet management...

What’s new for fleets at CES 2023? Watch out for new technologies to streamline fleet management and improve driver safety, plus the new Polestar 3, Volvo EX90, and Volkswagen ID.7.

Photos: Consumer Technology Association, Polestar, Stellantis, Volvo, and Volkswagen/Canva

This year’s CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) kicks off tomorrow and runs Jan. 5-8, 2023, in Las Vegas. Several OEMs have announced various vehicles and technologies that will be on display at the show. Here’s what’s new for fleets at the show.

Cenntro’s LS300

Cenntro Electric Group is expanding its lineup with the addition of the Logistar 300 (LS300), a Class 3 electric commercial van available as a van or a truck. The LS300 comes with a 118kWh lithium iron phosphate battery, a max speed of 75 mph, and a range of 273 miles. Find more information in this news story.

Chrysler’s Synthesis Cockpit Demonstrator

Today, Stellantis announced the debut of the Chrysler Synthesis demonstrator at CES. Chrysler Synthesis taps into a trio of AI-powered technological platforms — STLA Smart Cockpit, STLA Brain, and STLA AutoDrive — to create smooth, efficient, and connected experiences between the customer and the vehicle, the brand said. The Chrysler Synthesis two-seater also represents the next step in the Chrysler brand’s revitalization and transformation, building on the Chrysler Airflow Concept revealed at CES 2022. Chrysler remains on track to launch its first battery-electric vehicle in 2025 and full battery-electric portfolio in 2028.

Geotab’s Connected Vehicle Data

Geotab plans to exhibit its advanced embedded and device-based telematics platform and transportation data intelligence capabilities at the show. Its connected vehicle data intelligence can increase vehicle efficiency and value while driving meaningful and measurable programs to improve security, safety, and sustainability.

Find them at booth #9463 in the North Hall and booth #6678 in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Lightning eMotors Fleet Planner

With Lightning eMotors’ new Fleet Planner tool, commercial fleet managers can see the real-world...

With Lightning eMotors’ new Fleet Planner tool, commercial fleet managers can see the real-world cost benefits and environmental impact of going electric.

Photo: Lightning eMotors

Tonight at a special event, Lightning eMotors is announcing a new tool in its suite of electric fleet technologies: a virtual Fleet Planner. The company said it is a free fleet configuration tool that allows fleet managers to input their individual fleet characteristics and receive a customized operating cost analysis and carbon reduction metrics based on the recommended Lightning EV that best fits their needs. Fleet users can see operating cost analysis, as well as efficiency compared to equivalent ICE vehicles, potential CO2 reductions, and more. The data is powered by Lightning’s telematics system, Lightning Insights.

Mercedes-Benz’s Electrification Strategy; Charging Hubs

At CES, Mercedes-Benz’s theme of "Tech to Desire" illustrates its technological developments and innovations. The brand hosted tech talks held at booth 5041 inside the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 5 at noon, where CTO Markus Schäfer and CSO Magnus Östberg announced the Mercedes‑Benz electrification strategy and discussed automated driving features, new developments in in-car audio, streaming, and entertainment. The talks are now available on-demand.

In his remarks, Schäfer revealed plans for a Mercedes-Benz branded high-power charging network starting this year in North America. Rollout in Europe, China, and other main markets will follow. The North American network is scheduled for completion by 2027, and will have more than 400 hubs with more than 2,500 high-power chargers over the continent. The hubs will be spaced conveniently at regular intervals close to motorways, major intersections, and metropolitan areas.

Mercedes-Benz also announced the company’s new Automatic Lane Change (ALC) feature, which will come to the North American market this year. ALC enables the car to automatically initiate a lane change and overtake slower vehicles with the cruise control engaged. The system is a further expansion of the brand's SAE Level 2 partially automated driving feature.

Polestar and Smart Eye’s Driver Monitoring System

Smart Eye and Polestar will demonstrate the Polestar 3 driver monitoring system (DMS) at CES. Smart Eye’s leading premium driver monitoring technology is included in Polestar 3 as standard. Designed to help avoid accidents and increase safety, Polestar 3 features two closed-loop premium driver monitoring cameras and software from Smart Eye to track the driver’s head, eye, and eyelid movements, and can trigger warning messages, sounds, and even an emergency stop function when detecting a distracted, drowsy, or disconnected driver. CES visitors will be able to see how the cameras inside Polestar 3 track the driver’s movements and observe how the AI software can detect the state of the driver in real time.

Polestar also announced on Jan. 5 that its vehicles will benefit from the latest enhancements and developments showcased by Google at CES. Google’s new HD map will debut in Polestar 3 and the roll-out of remote actions for Polestar 2. Polestar 3 is planned to be the first car in the world to feature Google’s new HD map. With this, Polestar will be able to combine its vehicle sensor technology and Google’s lane-level and localisation data to facilitate driver assistance features like Pilot Assist, as well as future autonomous driving functionality.

Find Smart Eye in the West Hall at location 6353.

ProovStation and Michelin's TireStation

The two companies have partnered for two years.

The two companies have partnered for two years.

Photo: ProovStation/Michelin

Unveiled on Jan. 5 is TireStation, a fast and reliable solution for automated tire inspection, from ProovStation, a European provider of AI-powered car inspection, and Michelin. TireStation is a turnkey tire diagnosis solution for professionals with improved measurement reliability, easy to use, increased productivity, and smoother customer service, according to the release. How does it work? The vehicle is driven through a scanning and photographic system that provides key information, including the automatic and magnetic measurement of the tread depth of the tires, dimensions and brands of the tires, and the vehicle's registration number. Based on the data collected, an instant report is generated to show the tire wear and potential geometry vehicule issues. It can be used to suggest or anticipate any tire operation, replacing or rotating tires, or adjusting alignment.   

Find it at Car Selling Machine - Venetian Expo, Tech West, Lv1, Hall G, Booth 61011.

Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept

The Ram Truck brand will unveil its Ram 1500 Revolution battery-electric vehicle (BEV) concept at CES, calling it "a visionary roadmap and a glimpse into the future, showing how the leading truck brand will once again redefine the pickup truck segment." Ram will offer electrified solutions in the majority of its segments by 2025, and all of its segments no later than 2030.



Volvo’s EX90

A “highly advanced computer on wheels,” the Volvo EX90 will be shown in person for the first time in North America at CES. The product of many tech collaborations, Volvo said it is its smartest vehicle yet and represents a new era for safety for the company. The seven-seater all-electric SUV will be shown in connection with both Google and Luminar displays. The EX90 will be built in South Carolina later this year.

Like the Polestar 3, the Volvo EX90 will also feature Google's HD map technology.

VW’s New ID.7

Volkswagen introduced the newest member of its all-electric family on Jan. 3. Revealing a camouflaged version of the all-new electric vehicle, the name was also announced: the ID.7. The efficient electric sedan with long-range capability follows the ID.4 SUV, and will be offered on three continents. A world premiere of the series production version is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. The ID.7 is one of 10 new electric models that VW plans to launch by 2026.

Find VW outside the Las Vegas Convention Center at Tech East in booth CP-5.

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