12V CES Innovation Winners Announced

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The initial list of 2019 CES Innovation Award winners was announced Thursday by the Consumer Technology Association.  The list includes some familiar aftermarket brands and a vast showing of new technologies for autonomous and semi-autonomous cars.

A second round of award winners will be revealed just prior to CES in January, when more companies will officially unveil their products.

The CES Innovation Award honorees this year include Pioneer, Focal, Rydeen and mObridge.

Pioneer took an award for the AVH-W4400NEX AV/receiver–the first car radio to include wireless versions of both CarPlay and Android Auto, combined in one unit.

Focal’s new Utopia M audiophile car audio system took an award for its 3-way active version.

Rydeen’s license plate blind spot system, the BSS2LPBC, won an award as the first of its type to add a backup camera with cross traffic alert.

mObridge took an award for its Harmonize series of car audio DSP/amplifiers with modular interfaces to integrate into vehicle bus networks.

The awards were split into two categories:  In-Vehicle Audio/Video and In-Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology.  A quick look at the winners, especially from the latter category, shows just how competitive and innovative companies have become as we race to the autonomous vehicle.

You can see many of the entries below.  Or click here and then click on the arrow beside the “Best of Innovation” link. Then choose one of the automotive categories from the drop down menu.

We will be offering additional information on some of the products listed over the next few months.

In-Vehicle Audio/Video CES Innovation Honorees



Naver Labs

AHEAD is the world’s first 3D AR HUD ever created. Through augmented reality, it superimposes relevant information on a driver’s viewpoint in a manner that it is able to reference three-dimensionally where the driver’s attention has to shift within the viewpoint while driving on the road.

See quick video here.


AWAY Head Unit Display

Naver Labs

AWAY Head Unit Display is an in-vehicle infotainment that connects the driver with real-time information. Its wide screen features split view and ideal UX for driving. Through voice commands, the driver can access diverse contents including GPS navigation, music, news and streaming services.

Cinemo Projection Plus – Rear-Seat Entertainment

Cinemo Projection Plus—Rear-Seat Entertainment

Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto provide a way to project mobile phones and their applications to the car’s head unit. Cinemo Projection Plus is the world’s first solution to extend these projection technologies to an advanced rear-seat entertainment solution.


Focal Utopia M 3 way system


Focal Utopia M 3way

Ultimate performance 3 way kit contains; 32mm M beryllium tweeter, 6.5” M sandwich woofer and 10” M sandwich subwoofer. Huge voice coils; 25mm in tweeter, 80mm in 6.5” woofer, 120mm in 10” subwoofer. Neodymium motors achieve thin depth and lightweight.

mObridge Harmonize

Fiberdyne Systems Pty Ltd

The Harmonize range of amplifiers has been designed with a modular interface to integrate into vehicle bus networks.  It has 9 channels of amplification with an additional subwoofer preout.  The DSP processor interfaces seamlessly to MOST25, MOST50, MOST150 and A2B digital network bus systems.

Multifunctional HMI – Smart Comfort Control Bar

Behr-Hella Thermocontrol

BHTC´s Smart Comfort Control Bar re-invents touch through force sensitive multitouch on metal. From interior comfort to infotainment – one device to intuitively control multiple vehicle functions from one central spot.


Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX Multimedia Receiver

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

With the latest technology and smartphone features, including both wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless  Android Auto, and smarthome integration,  the AVH-W4400NEX multimedia receiver enables consumers to update their existing vehicles to complement the connected consumers’ lifestyle.


Samsung 512GB eUFS

Samsung Electronics

Samsung’s 512GB eUFS is built on the new 512Gb V-NAND flash platform, for unparalleled storage capacity and world-class performance, with 30% less power consumption. Targeted for flagship In-vehicle Audio/Video systems and high-end mobile devices.


Among the Winners for Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Tech were:

License Plate Bar Blind Spot Microwave Radar – BSS2LPBC

Rydeen Mobile Electronics


BSS2LPBC Blind Spot Safety System uses microwave radar technology for detecting objects in vehicle blind spot(s) with extended distance and sensitivity, also works on vehicles with a metal bumper. The BSS2LPBC includes a backup camera and cross traffic function as additional features.


MBUX – ‘Hey Mercedes’ Voice Assistant

Daimler AG

MBUX – “Hey Mercedes” Voice Assistant provides conversational intelligence by using speech to meaning and natural language understanding in 23 languages to achieve best in class user experience while constantly learning and expanding with new knowledge domains.


Smart Autonomous Door – your personal doorman

Continental Automotive GmbH

Your Smart Autonomous Door anticipates all your vehicle access needs by opening and closing the vehicle’s doors safely and conveniently, just like a doorman would do.


V2X connectivity control unit with connection management

Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH

Bosch hybrid connectivity control unit (CCU) is a technology-agnostic device which enables access to different communication mediums, such as Cellular, DSRC and Wi-Fi to improve the reliability of communication as well as communication related operating expenses.


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