The second day of the Mobile World Congress that kicked off in Barcelona yesterday was marked by speeches from tech company executives and new ideas and projects that will shape the world of tomorrow. Over 2000 companies are participating in the conference and more than 150,000 people are expected to visit the event in the Catalan capital. Here are more of the innovations showcased at MWC 2017.
Ford unveiled its new concept that is part of the company’s “City of Tomorrow” project – the electric-self driving “autolivery” van that uses drones to help deliver packages to your doorstep.
“Self-driving vans could quickly and efficiently transport everything from groceries to urgently needed medical supplies on the ground, with drones potentially able to take to the air for the final leg of the journey to reach destinations inaccessible by car, such as high up in a tower block – or where parking would be difficult, impractical, or unsafe,” Ford explained the idea in a statement published on its website.
The concept is in line with Ford’s rebranding of itself as a tech company. Last month, the company announced it has acquired autonomous driving startup Argo AI from Pittsburgh for $1 billion. The automaker said they firmly believe the future of the car industry lies in the automation of cars and that autonomous vehicles will significantly impact society the way that the Ford assembly line did in the 20th century.
Another interesting product that was exhibited to visitors of the tech showcase in Barcelona is Sony’s Xperia Touch. The Xperia Touch is an interactive laser projector that can turn any surface into a touchscreen and is powered by Android.
On the subject of laptops, TechCrunch reported that Google has no current plans to make more Pixel laptops. During a meeting with journalists today at the conference, senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh said that although the company’s Pixel laptops have sold out, there are no plans to produce more versions of this particular Chromebook.