Supercharged hits Las Vegas CES

Supercharged hits Las Vegas CES


NICKI SHIELDS: Bright
lights, big city. With its elaborately themed
hotels, 24 hour casinos, and glitzy night
spots, Las Vegas is the neon capital of America. This month, the Consumer
Electronics Show lights up the City of Sin with
a dazzling array of technology, including an electrifying
display for the Formula E. 20 Pro drivers, 10
video gamers plug in their consoles for
a share in the biggest prize in e-sports history. Hello and welcome
to Supercharged. Now for many people that
are heading to the Consumer Electronics Show
from LA to Vegas the quickest, most convenient
way is a short flight. But my journey to
Vegas also starts here in the beautiful,
rainy LA, but I’m taking an altogether
greener route to cover the 400 kilometers. Onboard this all
electric car, I meet Rahul Sonnad, CEO of Tesloop. RAHUL SONNAD: So Tesloop
is a mobility service that we’ve created and we use
Tesla vehicles because our goal is to create a way
to travel that’s both sustainable, very
safe, very productive, and convenient. NICKI SHIELDS: Tesloop reduces
passenger’s carbon footprint by carpooling every journey. Who would typically
be your driver? I mean, I know you’re driving
me today but I’m guessing you don’t do that every day. RAHUL SONNAD: We also have other
drivers who can choose which legs they want to drive on
and if those people want to drive just one way
to travel somewhere, they can also do that, which
allows them to go for free. NICKI SHIELDS: OK so I can
put my hand up and say, “I’m a great driver. Oh, you want me to be behind
the wheel of your Tesla and I can do the
journey for nothing.” RAHUL SONNAD: Yeah, no, we’d
have to verify that you’re really a great driver. You can’t just say that. [laughter] NICKI SHIELDS: All you have
to do is watch Supercharged and you’ll know. RAHUL SONNAD: Yeah, OK. NICKI SHIELDS:
Even with a battery the size of the Tesla model X.
This four and a half hour drive needs a stop for a 40
minute supercharge. Why did you decide to come
to Vegas with Tesloop. – To fly commercial for certain
routes just doesn’t make sense. I got picked up this morning,
I got in here, met a couple interesting people. NICKI SHIELDS: So it
really is stress free. I mean it’s kind
of door to door. You can get in, work away and
it arrive at your destination. – Yeah, it’s great. NICKI SHIELDS: With just
under 120 kilometers to go, it’s time to sit back,
relax, and enjoy the ride. As we get ever closer
to our destination, you can almost see the
neon lights of the strip whilst daytime turns to night. Well there she is. RAHUL SONNAD: Las Vegas! NICKI SHIELDS: Sin City! RAHUL SONNAD: You made it. So there’s your
hotel, the Mandalay. NICKI SHIELDS: The Mandalay Bay! Awesome. It has been an
absolute pleasure. Two very long roads,
one very quick recharge, and we’ve made it. Rahul, thank you. Arriving at CES
for the first time, I’m overwhelmed by
the extravaganza of tech that surrounds me. I’ll be checking out
some of the latest products that are on
display here a little bit later in the show. But first, I’m here
at the E-Sports Arena where the Formula E professional
racing drivers are competing against video gamers
in a racing format that Formula E are hosting. ALEJANDRO AGAG: This
is an experiment, it’s a big experiment. CES, the Consumer
Electronics Show, brings together basically
the whole world of technology and Formula E is technology. To bring these best
gamers in the world, I guess the best drivers in
the world, to play a video game and fight for a million
dollars, they’re going to want to show in CES. NICKI SHIELDS: And how do you
think the professional racing drivers will fare
against the sim drivers, who’s going to win? ALEJANDRO AGAG: Well my
money’s definitely with gamers, with the sim drivers. I think they spend a lot of
time playing these video games, but who knows. Maybe one of our drivers, or the
real drivers may have a chance. We’ll see tomorrow but my
money is with the gamers. NICKI SHIELDS: Luckily for
me, one of those gamers, Olli Pahkala from Finland
has agreed to give me a virtual driving lesson. Olli, what do I need to know
to become a professional sim racing driver? OLLI PAHKALA: Be really smooth. Really smooth, don’t
do anything sudden. Use your brake really
smoothy, like– NICKI SHIELDS: Like I have
an egg in between my foot and the pedal.
OLLI PAHKALA: Nice, nice. NICKI SHIELDS: Not going
to go anywhere in neutral. OLLI PAHKALA: Yeah, let’s go. NICKI SHIELDS: I feel
like this could go wrong. OLLI PAHKALA: No,
you’re doing great. NICKI SHIELDS: It’s really hard
when you don’t know the track. OLLI PAHKALA: Yeah,
that is the problem that we are going to face. Totally new track with
totally new hardware. NICKI SHIELDS: How do you
think the Formula E drivers are going to fare
against you guys. OLLI PAHKALA: We’ll
see, we’ll see, it will be interesting to see. I mean, like for example,
Felix Rosenquist, I gave him a few tips
and he’s really good. He does sims as well. NICKI SHIELDS: Oh, does he? OK so, Felix is the man to beat. OLLI PAHKALA: Maybe I
gave him too much tips, so maybe he will beat me. So there’s a chicane
in front of you. Remember the [inaudible], there
is another chicane coming up. Watch out. Next corner you need to brake. NICKI SHIELDS: If you could,
would you pack it all in and become a professional
racing driver? OLLI PAHKALA: When I was young,
I did eight years of carting. NICKI SHIELDS: Oh, did you? OLLI PAHKALA: I
didn’t get any funding back then so I had to quit. We had the opportunity
to go the formal arena but that didn’t work out. Yeah, I found the sim racing
and obviously I love it. It’s just phenomenal. NICKI SHIELDS: Well,
Olli, on that note, I’ve just crashed yet again. I don’t think I’m
going to be rivaling you this weekend but
good luck and thanks for giving me a tour. I think I better get practicing. Later we’ll see how Olli
gets on in the e-race and I’ll be exploring CES. As the sun sets on Las Vegas,
the city comes to light. The neon glow of the famous
strip burns so brightly, it’s visible from space. But does the most luminous
is placed on earth lose its luster when it comes
to environmental credentials? Apparently not. Now, Las Vegas has
this reputation of the glitz, the glamor, the
excess, and the extravagance. But over the last two years,
that is starting to change. No longer satisfied with
gambling on our planet’s future, Las Vegas has
decided to turn its cards and commit to a greener future. Here at the Mandalay
Bay resort and Casino, 25% of its energy that
powers this vast resort comes from the cleanest
energy on the sun. But to see that
in action, we need to head to the roof of this
hotel and wait until day time. For solar power. Harvested 365 days a year by an
array of 28,000 solar panels. Well Well we get 8
and 1/2 megawatts, but that doesn’t really
mean much to most people, so if you put it
in terms of homes, you could power 1,700 homes
with the amount of power that comes off that array every day. We do a lot of things
in Las Vegas that are behind the scenes and don’t
detract from the guest’s fun and enjoyment and excitement
they have here, but are very environmentally friendly. NICKI SHIELDS: When you decided
to invest in these panels, was it because of
the environment, or was it actually a
good business investment? CINDY ORTEGA: Things start
with a good business investment in every corporation,
but it wasn’t that we invested because
of the environment, it’s that we persevered
because of the environment. NICKI SHIELDS: And are
other hotels following in your footsteps, or are
you the sort of trailblazers in Las Vegas for doing this? CINDY ORTEGA: Well we
like to think that we’re trailblazers because we
have been early adopters of many things in Las Vegas. We hope that Las Vegas
can be an example. Wouldn’t that be a surprise? If it was an example and
leading the way in cities in the United States to be
the most environmentally proficient that they can. NICKI SHIELDS: Now
for someone like me who’s really interested in the
progress of car technology, I couldn’t be in Vegas
at a better time. CES, the Consumer
Electronics Show. When it first started
in the late 60s, it was the place to
showcase such breakthroughs as the pocket radio
and the first ever VCR. Now the four day gadget
gala dazzles visitors with the latest trends in tech. From smart home appliances,
to virtual reality. GARY SHAPIRO: We are seeing the
future, we’re seeing robotics. Wearable devices that will
tell us how we’re healthy and when and whether we’re sick. We’re seeing everything from
all sorts of different drones to things to keep us healthy. We’ve also seen a
whole new category of clothing introduced focusing
on sleepwear and technology. NICKI SHIELDS:
And of course it’s the way we’ll be traveling
around in the future that interests me the most. So Honda have used
their robotic technology to develop this, the UNI-CUB. And it’s basically for
people with walking difficulties to get
around with just a little bit of weight balance. Or for lazy people like
me that have spent too much time walking around CES. Now as well as all the
latest car tech, CES also showcases the latest
gizmos and gadgets, including the world’s
most waterproof case ever. I think it’s time for a dip. Have you ever thought about
the humanization of a car? Well Toyota have, and
they just launched their concept car, Concept-i. Unbelievably looking but
using facial recognition, it can even tell whether
you’re feeling happy or sad. Making the headlines
at this year’s CES is the launch of the new Faraday
Future electric supercar. Promising a
relatively affordable, fully autonomous, and ever
so sexy fully electric ride. This supercar is equipped
with a 130 [inaudible] battery and is packed with
more mod cons than you can shake a gearstick at. RICHARD KIM: This is
the launch of FF91. From a distance, from 100 feet
away we wanted this, to see, as a very progressive
spaceship on the road. This is the production car. NICKI SHIELDS: OK. RICHARD KIM: Everything
here is the real deal. NICKI SHIELDS: So it’s
already autonomous. RICHARD KIM: This
all is ready to go, that’s a level four autonomy. This car is not only the
fastest electric production car, it’s going to be the most
connected production car, and have the best
self-driving capabilities. NICKI SHIELDS: So
how fast is it? RICHARD KIM: Zero to
60 in 2.39 seconds. NICKI SHIELDS: That’s very fast. RICHARD KIM: So the fast
is if you want to drive but if you’re in the back
seat trying to enjoy, I don’t know,
connectivity, music, movies, faster connectivity
than your own home or office. So fastest to drive,
fastest connection. Right. NICKI SHIELDS: Liking
the sound of this car. RICHARD KIM: So we’re
measuring performance for different people, depending
on someone who may not even have a driver’s
license wanting to have their version of performance. NICKI SHIELDS: Since the
car has been designed to be self-driving, it’s
conceived with the passenger as much in mind as the driver. RICHARD KIM: The old
days of buying a car, you would get in the
driver’s seat and say yes I want it or I don’t. Now we know because
of ride sharing, the millennials maybe aren’t
so interested in driving, that every seat in
the house matters. NICKI SHIELDS: Oh wow. RICHARD KIM: We do
a grand entrance. NICKI SHIELDS:
And to my delight, CNN Supercharged has been
granted an exclusive backseat experience. No other journalist has
yet been able to sit in the rear of the car. So apparently this is
called zero gravity and I think it might be
a little slice of heaven in what is a very chaotic CES. Oh! We’re going further
and further back. Oh yeah, I could
get used to this. So stressful driving
around town, isn’t it? [laughter] Oh my god, it carries on. Faraday has remained rigidly
silent on the subject of cost. It has been speculated
in the press to come with a price
tag of around $200,000. When is this actually going
to be hitting the roads? RICHARD KIM: 2018, sometime. NICKI SHIELDS: 2018. OK. RICHARD KIM: A
year and a half ago I was by myself in the
design department, so to be here with a production car. NICKI SHIELDS: Just a
year and a half ago? RICHARD KIM: Yeah, a year
and eight months ago. NICKI SHIELDS: Wow,
have you slept? RICHARD KIM: Every
other day I do. NICKI SHIELDS: Every other day.
Perfect. More than enough. Considering you’ve
been working on very little sleep, congratulations. Really stunning, I’m
very excited to see it on our roads in 2018. Well that’s it from CES 2017. The future is looking connected,
autonomous, and electric. Now coming up in part
three, the reason why Supercharged is in Las Vegas. It is, of course,
the Formula E e-race, where the drivers
go head to head with sim racers for the
prize fund of $1 million. It’s going to be good. Hello, and welcome back for
Supercharged here in Las Vegas. Now this weekend the
Formula E drivers are going head to head with
video gamers in a new racing format in the virtual world. And one of those drivers
is Nelson Piquet Jr. He joins me here in a place that
I believe has got some rather special memories for you. Piquet Jr. won the NASCAR
truck rally on this very track in 2012. How big is the
engine in a NASCAR? NELSON PIQUET JR.:
It’s a 700 horsepower, 750 horsepower engine. And NICKI SHIELDS: So we swapped
in your 750 horsepower V8 for an electric segway! [laughter] You won back here in 2012 but
it was a pretty spectacular win. Tell us what happened. NELSON PIQUET JR.: Yeah, it
was my second NASCAR win but it was in a very, very cool way. I was heading up to
pass Mike Crafton. I was trying to pass
him for like 15 laps and I couldn’t pass
him the last lap. I had really dive
bombed into the inside and managed to make the pass,
and I hold him up the back straight and I came
back and I won the race. It was an amazing feeling. NICKI SHIELDS: Piquet Jr. is
used to last minute triumphs. He clinched the
Formula E season one championship in the very last
turn of the very last race. NELSON PIQUET JR.: I haven’t
driven an ultimate wheel since a couple of
years so I thought it was going to
take a little bit of getting used to it again. But we won it straight away and
that was another amazing point in my career. NICKI SHIELDS: We’ve also
just got to have a look at the angle of this track. It is absolutely ridiculous. It’s huge! NELSON PIQUET JR.: And the
fun part, a lot of the time we are scraping the top
wall with the car and it’s just an amazing
feeling because you’re so close to the wall. We’re driving at about
200 miles an hour. And it’s just– NICKI SHIELDS: It’s terrifying! NELSON PIQUET JR.: It’s lovely. But it’s a great venue. I love this place. I’ve had a– my dad won his
first world championship, and Caesar’s Palace, so
Formula 1, so we have a bit of history over here already. NICKI SHIELDS: So you’ve got
the Vegas eRace this weekend. Do you think you
can really compete against that video gamers? NELSON PIQUET JR.:
I think there’s no reason why us
drivers shouldn’t give them a hard time. NICKI SHIELDS:
Well, Nelson, thank you so much for showing
me around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is a ridiculous venue. And it’s been a real privilege
to be on a segway with you. Good luck this weekend. NELSON PIQUET JR.: My pleasure. I hope to have another
one in Vegas now. NICKI SHIELDS: Should
we go for a race? NELSON PIQUET JR.: Sure. NICKI SHIELDS: My time
at the Las Vegas Speedway has given me a taste
for competition and this weekend there’s
another race track in town. Taking in the Luxor, New York,
New York, and the MGM Grand hotels, this street
circuit exists not so much in asphalt and
concrete, but as pixels and computer graphics. Instead of four wheels
and lithium ion batteries, the competitors are
driving sim consoles, amid the technology on
display at the Consumer Electronics Show. 20 professional
Formula E drivers are hoping to outpace
10 of the world’s most talented video game racers. There’s a million dollor
cash fund at stake with a top prize of
$200,000 for the winner, ranging down to $20,000
for the also-rans. Well e-race day is
finally here and upon us. It has caused an
incredible stir. It’s been hitting all
the news headlines this morning, mainly because of
this $1 million prize at stake. You can see the drivers
right behind me. They are doing their
qualifying test at the moment. Look, Nelson Piquet Jr. there
giving his best, but only time will tell who will
start on pole position for the Visa Vegas eRace. Today was a surprise. Qualifying sees the sim racers
donate the starting grid, taking all but one of
the first 10 positions. All except, that is,
Felix Rosenqvist, pro-driver for
the Mahindra team, who wows everyone with P2. Alongside Dutch gamer,
Bono Huis in P1. What a great way to start the
day, Sunday from pole position. But Felix Rosenquist,
he’s giving you a good run for your money, isn’t he? BONO HUIS: Yeah,
he’s pretty fast. It was quite a surprise to
see a real driver that fast, but, yeah that quali
session was insane. So much pressure for one lap
and then to deliver that. It’s an amazing feeling. FELIX ROSENQUIST:
Feeling already amazed that I’m up in the front and
I would be happy to finish P2 as well but you never know
what’s going to happen, it’s a very long race
with pit stops as well. So, yeah, just going
to give it my best. NICKI SHIELDS:
Technical problems delay the start of
the race and preclude Lucas Degrassi from taking
part, as his console is faulty. However, after a lengthy wait,
in front of the packed room, an online audience of
gaming fans, history is made and the first ever Formula
E virtual race begins. – There go the green light
and away goes Bono Huis, hurtling down towards
the first corner. He gets the best start. Alongside him as they come
down towards the first– NICKI SHIELDS: Bono Huis
from the Netherlands enjoys pole position and used it
to capitalize on a solid lead. – There he comes, a look up the
inside from the Andretti car. They all squeeze through. NICKI SHIELDS:
Rosenquist in second manages to keep
not far behind him. COMMENTATOR: And he is
sprinting away, into the wall. NICKI SHIELDS: Fans are
treated to online drama and a series of crashes. At first between gamer
Patrick Holtzmann and pro-driver Antonio
Felix da Costa and then a threeway tangle between
gamers Graham Carroll, Aleksi Uusi, and David Greco. – Graham Carroll’s on the
inside, he’s in front. Oh and then Greco
tries to turn in. Aleksi Uusi was there. NICKI SHIELDS: The last portion
of the race gathers momentum, with my very own sim
teacher, Olli Pahkala zooming into the lead after
a clever decision to pit early, leaving both
Huis and Rosenquist behind. – It is. It’s the victory
for Olli Pahkala. OLLI PAHKALA: NICKI SHIELDS: Pahkala
is crowned the victor amid scenes of confusion. Huis who came
second is not happy and after the podium
celebrations, we discover why. After the end of the race,
unfortunately, the stewards discovered a technical issue
which gave Olli Pahkala an unfair advantage so he’s
been given a 12 second penalty, weaving him from first position
in third so huge commiserations for him, but it means
that Bono Huis is now the new champion of
the Visa Vegas eRace so congratulations to Bono. Well the showdown is
over here in Las Vegas and that prize will buy an
awful lot of casino chips. But next month, the
Formula E drivers return back to reality
and to four wheels as they head to Argentina. They’ll be racing in the
next round of the Formula E championship on the streets of
Buenos Aires for the world’s first electric motorsports. We’ll see you then.

10 thoughts on “Supercharged hits Las Vegas CES”

  1. A lot of amazing stuff this year at CES, y'all missed a lot of it. Great job covering Formula E, such an exciting race series

  2. $200,000 and people are trying to raise the minimum wage to 15 bucks and they say that's a living wage can you imagine with this financing would be how long you would be paying this off

  3. Why can't we just make a device to keep the brain alive while allowing the body to turn off? Let's just all exist in a jar- I WANT MY BRAIN JAR

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