The road to autonomy now has a carpool lane: CES 2018 wrap-up

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Power was restored a little more than two hours later. This morning, it's a power outage that's impacting the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving CES 2018 looking like something out of a disaster film in some dystopian future in which mankind is left to partner with smart speakers and Bluetooth headphones.

In an unprecedented turn, a major blackout happened during one of this year's biggest tech shows.

The irony of a partial blackout at a trade show dedicated to the latest electronic technology did not escape social or industry media.

But the Samsung booth still had limited electricity thanks to its own private back-up power, according to CNET, an online IT news service.

An hour or more later the power is still out, and security have been forced to shut the doors of the show preventing people accessing the LVCC and for those inside the show already they are blocking access to the Central Hall.

Even after the power was restored, companies had to go through the hassle of resetting devices on display - those connected wirelessly with each other, in particular.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the statement read in part.

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Exhibitors have not yet put forward any complaints concerning damages caused by the power outage, nor has the show organizer officially mentioned a plan regarding the mishap. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the flawless black of an #LGOLEDTV".

CES attracts about 180,000 attendees and roughly 4,000 exhibitors. Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational.

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation. If you've never attended, you don't need much to make the most of CES-just some interesting new technology, a few good friends, and a healthy helping of Las Vegas showmanship.

Someone is having a bad day!

"Power goes out at CES?". Thankfully, this is CES, so there are plenty of folks on-hand to document the Central Hall evacuation and the weird scene inside. Some meeting rooms in South Hall also lost power.

Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout.

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