The event, which used to merely house tech giants such as Google, LG and more, has quickly become a go-to place for automakers to showcase their latest in-car technology, electric propulsion methods, connectivity and more. However, GM has no plans to be present this year.
GM told us in a statement:
The Consumer Electronics Show continues to be a key venue for GM to announce and demonstrate new technologies. At CES 2016, GM introduced the world to a number of new vehicle and connectivity innovations to great acclaim, including the Chevrolet Bolt EV, recipient of a Best of CES award.
While GM does not have an exhibit at CES 2017, we will have several team members attending the show, serving as speakers and conducting important business meetings. We will continue to look for opportunities to use future shows to introduce media and customers to new vehicle technologies.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the recent developments with Cruise Automation, GM’s Super Cruise technology and other various areas of car connectivity. It seems even IBM Watson and OnStar were deemed too minute to make a big enough splash to divert resources for CES.
But, we’re expecting a large presence at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, which falls just after CES. We could even see the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1 break cover.