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Virtual assistants and car tech dominated CES

An autonomous vehicle concept from Toyota, on display at CES 2018.
An autonomous vehicle concept from Toyota, on display at CES 2018. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The single biggest development at this year's big consumer electronics event in Las Vegas was an escalation of the battle between Google and Amazon to get their voice assistants built into all manner of tech gear. Google had its name splashed on booths, billboards and monorails, while Amazon had its own slew of banners and announcements.

The other big trend: Cars. CES has become a big show for the auto industry over the years, but this year, car tech, especially that of the self-driving variety, was one of the biggest themes of the year, second only to the race between Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant.