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Garmin announces three variants of updated Fenix 5 GPS watch

The next generation of Fenix wearables was unveiled at CES on Wednesday, when Garmin took the wraps off three new versions of the company’s popular line of GPS-enabled watches. The updated Fenix 5 is thinner, lighter, and more versatile than its predecessor, though it offers the same cutting-edge functionality that has made previous versions of watch so popular with outdoor athletes. The latest edition of the Fenix brings a host of new functionality as well, including daily activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, and extended battery life to keep up with an active lifestyles.

The standard Fenix 5 received a design overhaul, and now features a thinner, more compact body. The device is a mere 47mm thin, yet offers the same functionality found in previous generations, including the popular Fenix 3HR. And thanks to the new QuickFit bands, users can give the watch an entirely new look in just a matter of seconds. QuickFit bands will be available in leather, metal, and silicone, and can be replaced without the use of tools of any kind.

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The new Fenix 5S is another redesign of the classic Fenix watch, but this time it has been built specifically with the ladies in mind. At just 42mm, the 5S  has been made to fit comfortably on more petite wrists without compromising any of the device’s multisport features. The standard model comes in silver with either a white, turquoise, or black silicone band. The 5S Sapphire model includes a scratch-resistant sapphire glass lens, and is available in black with a black band, champagne with a water-resistant gray suede band, or champagne with a metal band. All Sapphire models also come with a sporty, silicone QuickFit band.

The third new addition to the Fenix family is the 5X, which is a bit larger than the standard Fenix 5 at 51 millimeters, but adds some extra functionality to make up for the larger size. The 5X comes preloaded with topographic maps for the United States, and has routable cycling and running maps, too. It even features options for a “Round Trip Run” or “Round Trip Ride,” with the watch suggesting a host of appropriate courses. Once the wearer starts his or her workout, the watch will provide cues for approaching turns, ensuring that athletes always stay on course. The 5X also includes an “Around Me” feature that provides information about points of interest and waypoints that are nearby. A Sapphire version of the 5X is also available with a scratch-resistant lens.

Each of the Fenix 5 models comes equipped with a multisport toolset for running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and other outdoor activities. They also feature Garmin Elevate, the company’s proprietary heart rate monitoring technology, which works without the need to wear a bulky chest strap. All three versions of the Fenix 5 include daily activity tracking and they offer support for both GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation, too. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also an onboard 3-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter for even more precise tracking of movement, including vertical gain and loss.

The Fenix 5, 5S, and 5X can serve as a smartwatch, too. When paired with a smartphone, users can receive notifications of text messages, emails, and missed calls right on their wrist, with alerts being displayed on the watch’s screen. These latest editions of the Fenix are also compatible with Garmin’s ConnectIQ, which gives the wearer the ability to customize their watch with apps, widgets, and custom faces as well. All Sapphire models of the Fenix 5 also have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, which allows them to upload workout data to Garmin Connect independent of another device.

As you would expect with an active lifestyle watch, all versions of the Fenix 5 are water resistant down to 100 meters and are built to withstand life in the outdoors. Garmin says that the standard Fenix 5 gets about two weeks worth of battery life when in smartwatch mode, and roughly 24 hours when its GPS tracking features are turned on. For the 5X those numbers drop slightly to 12 days in smartwatch mode and 20 hours of GPS usage, while the smaller 5S can get up to eight days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 13 hours while using the GPS features.

All version of the Fenix 5 will be available in the first quarter of 2017, with the standard model and the 5S both carrying an MSRP of $600. The Fenix 5 Sapphire, 5S Sapphire, and the 5X will be priced at $700. For more information, visit Garmin.com/fenix.

This is Samsung’s next premium TV line: The QLED Smart TV

Samsung has brand new TVs for you, though you’ll have to wait a while to get your hands on one. Unveiled at CES 2017, the new QLED TVs are supposed to offer an overall better experience as they will become the company’s new flagship TV series, ready to replace the SUHD family.

The QLED TVs are supposed to be even smarter and better connect to all your TV devices. The operating system should recognize what they are and let you control them with the default Samsung Smart Remote.

When it comes to picture quality, the QLED models should offer users a few noticeable improvements, including better viewing angles, better colors including better blacks, and brighter HDR (high dynamic range) performance.

The new TVs use what Samsung calls a “metal Quantum dot material that allows for dramatically enhanced color performance, as well as the expression of very deep blacks and rich details in all viewing environments.”

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The new TV family comes in two flavors, including Q8 Curved and Q9 Flat, with Samsung showing off 65-inch versions at the show.

What’s interesting about the flat models is that you can hang them on a wall just like a painting. They sit flush with the wall thanks to a new mounting mechanism. Digital Trends also reveals there’s a new component to help, a nearly invisible cable management system that uses fiber-optic to move the video signal from a special box that would be hooked up with all your TV-related devices. Power still needs to be provided to the display from a regular power outlet.

Pricing details and launch dates aren’t yet available for Samsung’s QLED screens.

CES 2017: Your guide to the Consumer Electronics Show

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Jefferson Graham previews the best of the best–winners of the coveted CES Innovation Awards, on the dawn of the annual CES in Las Vegas. A #TalkingTech video

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BEST GADGETS AND GIZMOS FROM CES 2017CES 2017- Meet Kuri a new kind of personal robot | 1:23

New at CES 2017 – a new kind of personal robot, Kuri, from Mayfield Robotics. Jefferson Graham previews on #TalkingTech.

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BEST GADGETS AND GIZMOS FROM CES 20175 tech experts on what they’re most excited to see at this year’s CES | 1:17

Reviewed.com has been covering CES for over a decade, and these are what our tech experts are most excited to see at this year’s show.
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BEST GADGETS AND GIZMOS FROM CES 2017WeMo introduces smaller home automation socket | 0:41

WeMo, a smart switch for controlling home products via an app, introduces a smaller, stackable version for Consumer Electronics Show.

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Linksys introduces Velop, a new router system Alexa can command, at the Consumer Electronics Show

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Jefferson Graham has stuffed pounds of tech gear into the Peak Design Everyday 30L backpack to bring to CES–will it be too heavy? He shows off just how much stuff is in the bag on a #TalkingTech video.

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BEST GADGETS AND GIZMOS FROM CES 2017LG brings levitating speaker to market | 1:07

LG is planning to bring its PJ9 levitating speaker to CES 2017. Keri Lumm (@thekerilumm) reports on this impressive tech.
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Jefferson Graham looks back at some of the hits from CES 2016–whatever happened to the Lily and Sengled music lightbulb? He reports on a #TalkingTech video.
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BEST GADGETS AND GIZMOS FROM CES 2017What to expect at CES 2017 | 1:14

Jefferson Graham previews what to look for at the world’s biggest trade show, with robots, drones, connected cars and virtual reality gear leading the pack. A #TalkingTech video.
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  • What to expect at CES 2017

If you like robots, or self-driving cars, or crazy stuff like smart belt buckles, then this is your week.

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas. When you’re not bumping into $25 blackjack tables, you’re probably trying to dodge drones in all shapes and sizes.

Most of the major electronics companies will show up, including Samsung, LG and Dell. Among those that don’t make a splashy appearance: Apple, Google and Facebook.

Want to keep track of everything from CES 2017? Start here, of course:


What’s the coolest tech at CES so far?

Travel giant Carnival unveiled a fun wearable allowing passengers aboard its cruise ships to leave their keys or wallets behind. You can board or disembark the ship, unlock your room and make any purchases using a medallion you can slip in your pocket or wear like a watch. Now you can enjoy those fruity drinks with tiny umbrellas peacefully.

Automakers have quickly found a space at CES, thanks to self-driving cars and smart dashboards. The one vehicle grabbing the most attention is the FF 91 from Faraday Future. The car maker is promising big things for the FF 91. A vehicle with the horsepower of a Ferrari and the driving range of a Tesla? Amazing. It’s fast, too. During a trial run, the car hit 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.39 seconds. Does it fly too?


Own a ton of connected devices? You might want to consider this router. It’s among several products security companies are pushing to help protect devices like that smart refrigerator from hackers.

Even babies need their own smart speaker and digital assistant. Mattel introduced Aristotle, which is basically Amazon Echo for kids. And it’s really cool. If your infant wakes up, it can play soothing music and flip on lights while notifying Mom and Dad.


But we want more robots!

OK, fine. Here’s Kuri, a “home companion” launching this fall for $699. It does a lot of things Amazon Echo can do, but who cares because it can take cat videos while you’re away and play them when you get home.

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New at CES 2017 – a new kind of personal robot, Kuri, from Mayfield Robotics. Jefferson Graham previews on #TalkingTech.


What else did I miss?

Finally, 4K TV is kind of a big deal. Since the first televisions boasting the higher definition displays went on sale in 2012, consumers have slowly warmed up to the technology. As many as 1 in 4 U.S. households could own a 4K TV by the end of 2017. A big reason for the boost? There’s a lot more 4K programming to watch.

Be ready to hear the name Alexa a lot. A lot of the gadgets at CES will likely incorporate some form of voice-enabled digital assistant. One example: Velop, the Wi-Fi system from router maker Linksys. It can respond to voice commands like share your home password with guests or go on a Wi-Fi timeout. Take notes on that last feature, parents.

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Linksys introduces Velop, a new router system Alexa can command, at the Consumer Electronics Show

Meanwhile, if you’re into video games, PC makers are pushing to offer more affordable hardware options. Dell revealed its Inspiron gaming laptop, going on sale January 5.

Speaking of Dell, one of their best laptops has now transformed into a tablet. Because everything is a tablet or smartphone now.


What announcements should I expect?

On Tuesday, the show hosts CES Unveiled, a media event where journalists get an early look at some of the gadgets on the show floor.

Wednesday is the big day at CES. Most of the tech companies hold press conferences to reveal their latest products, including LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Intel, Nvidia and Sony.

On Thursday, the CES show floor officially opens.

So, what should we expect? There will definitely be a fair share of robots, drones and smart devices on display. Don’t forget self-driving cars, either. One trend to watch closely: the rise of the digital personal assistant.


How do I stay updated on the latest from Vegas?

Follow our tech reporters on Twitter from Las Vegas: Ed Baig, Jefferson Graham and Mike Snider. You might also see them on Facebook Live. For the latest streams from CES, visit us on Facebook.

Also, check out the latest news and reviews at CES from Reviewed.com.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

The 7 most exciting innovations I saw on Faraday Future’s FF 91

To say Faraday Future has gotten off to a rocky start over the past couple of years may be the understatement of the year, and it’s only January. The company debuted its FFZERO1 concept supercar amid a whirlwind of buzz at CES 2016, but the press quickly dismissed the car as vapor. A year full of turmoil with Faraday’s main financier, lawsuits filed by vendors alleging millions in unpaid bills, and numerous top-level executive departures cast further doubt on the company’s future. But on Tuesday night, Faraday Future unveiled its first actual production car, which it says will enter production sometime next year.

Ahead of CES 2017, I spent a full day touring Faraday’s Gardena, California headquarters. I saw where the car is being designed and developed, I checked out prototypes of the futuristic electric car, and I even had my head pinned back when I went for a ride in an early prototype. I already shared my overall impressions and some initial thoughts about the FF 91 last night, and now I’ll focus on a few key areas where Faraday Future is truly innovating.

Variable Platform Architecture

Innovation begins to appear at the very core of the FF 91, where Faraday Future’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) redefines the way a car is built. Consisting of a modular wheelbase, modular battery infrastructure, and modular motor configurations, VPA technology essentially provides bones and guts that can be manipulated quickly to as new vehicles are designed. Tech like this will drastically reduce time to market for new vehicles.

Here’s a video that shows a bit more about how VPA works:

Truly keyless

Keyless entry and keyless go technology started on premium cars, and the tech has now trickled down to all automobile ranges. At best, this means carrying a key in your pocket or purse, but never having to actually use it thanks to special contact points on the door handles that lock and unlock the doors, and to push-button ignitions. But what if you didn’t need any key at all?

Exterior and interior cameras on the FF 91 recognize drivers and passengers as they approach the vehicle, and Bluetooth connects to iPhones and Android phones. Motorized suicide doors then open and close with the touch of a button, and the electric motors fire up with the push of another button.

But the best part about Faraday’s system is that it’s tied to a profile. This means that whether you’re stepping into the cockpit of your own FF 91 or you’re sliding into the back of someone else’s FF 91, all of your settings and preferences will automatically be adjusted by the vehicle.

Performance

Faraday Future does not yet have a finished FF 91. While the company’s claim that the vehicle will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds, there is currently no way to confirm that with a production-weight car. But having seen the company’s work in its current state, and having ridden in a prototype and had my head pinned back by its acceleration, I can safely say that Faraday is well on its way to producing one of the most powerful and agile production cars I have ever seen.

Three electric motors combine to produce 1,050 hp, and the heavy battery packs give the FF 91 a very low center of gravity. Even the early model I rode in hugged the road impressively as the driver jerked the wheel from side to side. The rear wheels also have a few degrees of left and right movement, dramatically reducing the FF 91’s turning radius despite its long 126-inch wheelbase.

Aerodynamics also play a huge role in performance and efficiency, of course. Angus Lock, Faraday’s head of aero, joined the company from Tesla, where he worked on the aerodynamics of the Roadster and the Model S.

 

Lighting

Exterior vehicle lighting has changed a great deal over the past two decades thanks to a trend started by BMW’s “angel eyes.” Now, just about every car on the road has some crazy-looking DRL setup. The FF 91 takes exterior lighting to an entirely new place, with “FF” pattern LED lighting on all sides of the car.

What’s most interesting about Faraday’s solution though, is that it actually serves a purpose beyond looking cool. Just as brake lights communicate a message to drivers behind a car, the FF 91’s lighting glows and pulses to communicate messages to people around the vehicle. For example, the lights on the front and along the sides of the car will pulse white when the vehicle is driving itself in autonomous mode.

Valet mode

Speaking of autonomous mode, the FF 91 will be fully equipped to embrace the future of self-driving vehicles when we finally arrive at a point where regulation is in place and systems are smart enough to drive without human assistance. In the meantime, Faraday Future’s cars will already have some very nifty self-driving modes that owners will undoubtedly appreciate. Among them, valet mode is by far my favorite.

With valet mode enabled, and in a lot that Faraday’s system has mapped, an FF 91 driver can step out of his car at the front door of a building. The car will then slowly make its way around the parking lot on its own, scanning for open spots and reading signage as well as painted markers in order to avoid parking in restricted spaces. When it finds an open spot, it will park itself and power down.

Of course, when the visit is through the driver can recall the FF 91 using his or her smartphone, and it will be waiting at the front door as he or she exits the building.

Interior

Faraday Future has been cautious in showing off the FF 91’s interior since it’s not yet finalized, but what I’ve seen so far is impressive. Dozens of screens of all shapes and sizes replace traditional instrument panels and controls. We’re not talking about a single great big touchscreen on the console like you’ve seen in Teslas — there are literally screens everywhere. Screens in the front, screens in the back, screens in the door panels, screens in the pillars. There’s even a giant screen that folds down from the roof to entertain rear passengers.

Beyond the screens, interior cameras offer security and facial recognition to automatically adjust settings. Which settings? Quad-zone climate control, heating and cooling seats, seat massage settings, recline angle of the rear zero gravity seats, just to name a few.

Faraday has more announcements planned in the coming months, and the interior of the car is one area where you should definitely keep an eye peeled.

Exterior

Innovation continues on the exterior of the car, where sleek aerodynamics are only the beginning.

The FF 91 is the first car ever to feature a fully retractable 3D lidar solution found on the hood near the windshield. The car also features 10 high-definition cameras, 13 long- and short-range radar sensors, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. All of this tech combines to form one of the most sophisticated and self-aware vehicles that has ever been built.

Other exterior innovations include the lighting, of course, as well as dual roof-mounted antennas that also broadcast Wi-Fi to connect passengers’ mobile devices, Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal self-dimming glass in the rear windows and panoramic roof, and active wheels that feature a motorized inner disc that rotates to close off open spaces and further improve aerodynamics at high speeds.

Qualcomm Says It Shipped More Than A Billion IoT Chips

To this date, Qualcomm has shipped over a billion of Internet of Things (IoT) chipsets, the San Diego-based semiconductor manufacturer revealed on Tuesday. While speaking at the CES Unveiled press event yesterday, the company’s Senior Vice President of Product Management Raj Talluri said that the firm is already serving all segments of the IoT industry, from smart TVs and thermostats to connected speakers, wearables, and home assistants. Talluri specifically pointed out that smartphones and tablets aren’t included in the one billion figure.

Qualcomm’s impressive shipment numbers are mostly driven by the company’s presence in the wearable industry, as Talluri revealed that over 80% of all Android smartwatches are powered by Snapdragon system-on-chips. The company’s VP pointed out how numerous consumer electronics manufacturers are already implementing the cutting edge Snapdragon 835 chipset into their products, adding how a lot of these devices will be hitting the market shortly. Among other things, Qualcomm’s most advanced mobile chip to date will power Mobi’s Mattel Aristotle smart speaker, as well as Osterhaut Design Group’s upcoming R-8 and R-9 AR smart glasses. Finally, Talluri also revealed that a new smartwatch designed by Swarovski and powered by one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets will be revealed later this week at CES 2017. The mysterious Swarovski smartwatch will be the first device of its kind ever made by the renowned Austrian fashion company and is reported to be fueled by the premium Snapdragon 835 chip.

Qualcomm’s VP also sees a lot of potential for revenue growth in the auto industry as self-driving cars are slowly becoming a reality and connected cars systems are already implemented in a broad range of contemporary models. If future vehicles are to be perfectly capable of scanning their surroundings, they’ll need powerful chips, and the San Diego-based semiconductor manufacturer is hoping it can help provide them. Qualcomm is also planning to test a number of new car connectivity technologies over the course of this year, and Talluri promised that more information about that effort will follow shortly. In overall, this is bound to be an interesting year for Qualcomm as the company will be looking to strengthen its market presence while simultaneously pushing for more innovation in the industry.

If you want Lenovo’s Smart Assistant early, fly to China

Before going abroad, Lenovo’s new Smart Assistant speaker will make its debut back home.

The world’s largest PC maker on Tuesday revealed the voice-controlled speaker, saying the device will be available in the US in May. But, before then, the device will go on sale this March in China, Lenovo’s home market, company spokesman Jeff Witt told CNET ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The hardware on the two models will be the same, Witt said, but the Chinese model will use technology from AISpeech, a Chinese company, for voice recognition. The US version uses Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.

The US device starts at $129. Witt didn’t disclose pricing for the China version.

Lenovo’s Smart Assistant will be one of the first smart speakers to reach the massive China market, marking a continued expansion of voice-powered devices since Amazon introduced the Echo in the US in late 2014. In China, tech company LingLong last year started selling the DingDong smart speaker. Also, China’s Baidu and US-based Harman unveiled in September a partnership to create smart speakers using Baidu’s AI technology.

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Lenovo’s move highlights how quickly voice controls have gained popularity with both manufacturers and consumers alike. Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft — all leaders in voice-control software — are adding chatty assistants into speakers, laptops and phones.

Millions of people now use these voice assistants to play music, turn on lights and lock the doors. They’re also using the digital helpers for more complicated tasks, like checking traffic patterns and ordering new toys or toiletries online.

The Echo is currently available in the US and UK, and on sale on an invitation-only basis in Germany.

In the US, Lenovo plans to integrate more Amazon technology into its devices, using the Alexa-powered Smart Assistant as the first step, according to Bill Dominici, Lenovo’s director of strategy for PC and smart devices worldwide.

Dominici said the companies began collaborating about a year ago, with Lenovo talking to Amazon about how it could sell its gadgets more effectively on Amazon’s websites. The talks branched into more areas, including ways Lenovo could use Amazon tech.

“We’re excited to be working with Lenovo to integrate Alexa into their devices,” Amazon spokeswoman Kinley Pearsall said Tuesday, though she declined to specify any future plans.

Asked whether Lenovo is planning to add Alexa to a future PC, Dominici said: “There’s obviously some potential there. I can’t say we’re not exploring.”

CNET reported in September that Lenovo spoke with Amazon about using Alexa in its computers and other devices, citing another Lenovo executive.

See CNET’s full CES 2017 coverage.

Qualcomm Assures Multi-day Power Backup With Improved VR Support To Snapdragon 835 Processors

Smartphone enthusiasts who are willing to buy a new handset may wait for a while until the first ever mobile equipped with Snapdragon 835 chipset debuts officially, as the upcoming smartphone processor has pledged to contribute improved multi-day battery life with ultra-fast performance.

According to @evleaks, Qualcomm’s upcoming masterpiece has been designed with improved power saving measures which can save up to 50% of power. Also, with the unique attribution of Quick Charge 4, the chipset can backup and utilize power up to five hours of use with just five minutes of charging. It is speculated to consume 40 percent less charge than its predecessor Snapdragon 821 processor and it is able to deliver a 27 percent performance increment at all while reducing its size by 30 percent.

Besides all these, the processor is even powered to assure a much improved VR assistance and support. As per a report by The Next Web, the inner components of the processor also seem to create a sense of superlativeness which comprises a Qualcomm’s Kryo 280 CPU combined with an Adreno 540 GPU and Hexagon DSP. The processor is expected to render 3D graphics with 25 percent faster and 60x more output display colors than its Qualcomm’s earlier chipset instances.

Additionally, the processor reportedly can render 4K video streaming featuring with auto-focus for photos that can enable sharp and clear image. The packaging also seems to bring a lot more things with it as potential sources suggest that it will come with a new Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which should allow for up to 10x faster downloads than first-generation 4G LTE devices.

All these immensely advanced attributes within a smaller size substance can stimulate the buzz for being one of the best chip level technology of 2017. However, it is just a matter of time now to witness the actual truth of this processor as Qualcomm is expected to evolve this masterpiece by the first phase of 2017.   



CES: Annual Tech Event Draws Other Industries

When the Consumer Electronics Show began 50 years ago, few could have imagined that a trade show for transistor radios and black-and-white television sets would ultimately span across dozens of industries, from cameras and home appliances to automobiles and cruise ships.

More than 170,000 people are expected to attend CES 2017 in Las Vegas this week, walking through a maze of 3,800 exhibitors spread over 2.5 million square feet….

Watch Faraday Future’s embarrassing malfunction during its big event

Faraday Future’s big CES unveiling of its first production car, the FF91, was over-the-top in many ways, but nothing typified the company’s trouble bridging the gap between hype and reality than the moment when the company’s main Chinese investor pressed the button to prompt the car to park itself… and nothing happened.

Minutes before, the company had shown off live video of a camouflaged prototype parking itself in the lot outside the venue in downtown Las Vegas. The moment went off without a hitch, but when the car was asked to perform a similar move on stage in front of hundreds of skeptical on-lookers, the FF91 got gun shy.

“As a new baby, she’s very very timid,” said Nick Sampson, vice president of engineering. A short time later, the car got over the nerves it was apparently facing earlier, and began to inch across stage with no one in the driver seat — but the damage was already done.

Compounding the embarrassment was the fact that the car went on the fritz under the watchful gaze of Jia Yueting, founder of LeEco, billionaire, and FF’s main investor. Many of the questions about FF stem from Jia and his undefined control over the California-based company. So for the car to fail under his touch is a moment rife with corporate symbolism.

After the event, Sampson tried to explain why the car failed during such a crucial moment. “It’s a complex situation,” he said. “We knew there were technical challenges. If you look up at the roof of this building, there’s a lot of structure up there that inhibits some of the signals the car needs to be able to self drive.”

A reporter asked if the car was being operated via remote control, a reference to a previous report exposing LeEco’s use of remote control to operate its LeSee concept car. “If it was on remote control,” Sampson scoffed, “then the person controlling it would have corrected that.”