December 30, 2021

CES Floor400x275Lidar manufacturers AEye and Velodyne Lidar have announced they will not attend CES 2022 in person, citing concern for the health and safety of employees, partners, and customers in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, AEye announced that it will conduct a live webcast on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and Thursday, Jan. 6, that features interviews, insights and demonstrations. 

“While we are very disappointed to not be in Las Vegas for CES 2022, we feel we have created a virtual event that will help us effectively connect and interact with everyone,” said Blair LaCorte, CEO of AEye. “Creating this virtual platform enables us to adhere to our commitment to the health and safety of our customers, partners, and employees, while encouraging active engagement and dynamic communications.”

Earlier this week, Velodyne Lidar announced it was withdrawing from CES 2022. The company plans to host a virtual press conference on Jan. 5, which can be viewed live via webcast.

“At Velodyne, we stand by our vision: science in service of safety,” said Ted Tewksbury, CEO of Velodyne Lidar. “This carries through in everything we do towards protecting a world in motion. While we were looking forward to connecting in person at CES 2022, to stay true to our commitment to safety, we’ve determined the most responsible course for the well-being of our employees, partners and the public is to forgo attending the event in person. While we will not be attending CES 202 physically, we welcome engaging with customers and partners on how our lidar technology powers autonomous solutions that bring safety, sustainability, efficiency and privacy benefits.”

The two companies join a bunch of other companies leaving the show, including Cepton, Mitsubishi Electric, AT&T, AMD, BMW, IBM, Lenovo, Mercedes-Benz and Procter & Gamble. This follows other companies such as Microsoft, Google, Intel, Amazon, Qualcomm and Meta (Facebook), announcing they wouldn’t attend the show.

The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the show, has announced it will not cancel the event, and points to its Health Protocols, which include “actively tracking the emerging news and science around the new Omicron variant.” CES attendees must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to pick up a badge, masking is required indoors, and on-site testing will be available.

Photo credit: Consumer Technology Association.

Updates: Aeva, which develops sensing and perception systems, has announced it will not participate in CES 2022, instead hosting a product and technology day virtual event in early Q1 2022.