What to Expect From CES 2014

Smart cars, wearable tech and Internet predictions.

Lexus making news announcements during a press conference at the 2013 International CES.
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The Consumer Electronics Show begins on Monday in Las Vegas as titans of the tech industry will discuss the shape of the business for the new year and more than 150,000 attendees will preview innovations in every space including appliances, televisions, cars, mobile devices and more. The full schedule for the week-long conference is available online. Here are some of the highlights that U.S. News will watch for.

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Smart Cars:

The North American International Auto Show follows the CES on Jan. 13, so automakers will likely use the consumer technology conference to unveil new gadgets including in-car computer systems. Automotive exhibits at the 2014 CES, will have a 25 percent larger presence compared with the 2013 conference. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will give a keynote speech on Monday.,. Audi is expected to announce a partnership with Google to develop a car entertainment and information system based on the tech giant's Android software, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Wearable Tech:

Wearable tech gear has not caught on as a consumer must-have despite the unveiling of products by Google and Samsung, but the CES will likely feature new attempts to debut the next big thing for the growing product niche. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is set to give a keynote on Monday, and told tech blog Recode that he is planning to bring prototypes of wearable technology that his company will develop in a pivot to innovate on their success as a PC chipmaker.

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Tech Policy / Business Announcements:

Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro will interview Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday, a major debut interview for the new communications regulator. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Sony Corporation CEO Kazuo Hirai will each give keynote speeches on Tuesday, which may include new goals for the two companies that have stumbled to stay competitive in recent years.

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