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

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

Attendees at the show posted about the outage on social media.

The CES global trade show that seeks to extol the wonders of our connected world just illustrated a big Achilles' heel: Without electricity, not much happens.

Lights went out in the Las Vegas Convention Center in the late morning, leaving the booths of major companies like Samsung, LG and Huawei in darkness visitors used the lights on heir mobile phones to navigate their way out of event space. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored. Again, thank you for your patience during this time.

In a statement, CES organiser, the Consumer Technology Association, blamed the outage on recent heavy rainfall which caused condensation on the venue's roof to short circuit one of the facility's transformers. While power within the South Hall was restored minutes later, it took two hours to fully restore power in the Central Hall, with conference organisers confirming on Twitter at 1.09pm that power was slowly being rolled out in the Central Hall.

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One of the biggest technology expositions of the year has experienced a very ironic power outage when the lights went out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

In fact, it was raining so hard that Google had to shut down its giant playground-ish booth for a whole day, which was located outdoors.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the downpour was the city's first rainfall in 116 days, bringing an end to a "record-breaking dry spell".

And the more socially conscious pointed out the hypocrisy of being bent out of shape over a brief blackout at CES when an entire territory of the United States has been without power for months...

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The North Hall, on the other hand, still has power.