Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

A power failure sent part of CES into darkness

A power failure sent part of CES into darkness A power failure sent part of CES into darkness
Melba Vasquez | 13 January, 2018, 08:36

CES have announced online that "We've been informed by Nevada Power that the outage has been addressed and they are in the process of restoring power".

Peterbilt Motors Company packed up Model 579, flush with autonomous technologies, and headed west to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in LAS VEGAS, the largest electronics show in North America and the launch pad for new technology products.

More news all week from Las Vegas where EFTM will have a team of seven reporting on all the news from right across the show, here at EFTM.com, on Facebook, Twitter, TV and Radio. Emergency lights stayed on, and backup batteries kept wireless internet connections functioning.

The Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, tweeted that it was an "isolated power outage". Power was restored a little more than two hours later.

A preliminary assessment found that moisture from heavy rains on Tuesday had caused a "flashover" in one of the convention center's transformers, it said.

CES is now in its 51st year. With AI playing a growing role across a range of technological areas, from biometric identification to autonomous driving, a number of major companies have stepped up their R&D in this area, and that boom is going to be reflected at CES.

Over 160,000 attendees are in Las Vegas where the latest in TVs, sound, cars and gadgets are being showcased. Ride hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft could not pick up passengers at the convention center, but operated from parking lots a block or more away.

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