Google, Intel, GM join list of big companies skipping CES in person due to COVID fears

Google, Intel, GM join list of big companies skipping CES in person due to COVID fears

CES 2022 lost more major participants Thursday due to growing COVID-19 concerns, but the organizers of the world’s largest tech conference vowed to carry on.

Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, +0.34% GOOG, +0.13% Google and Waymo, Intel Corp. INTC, +0.67%, Lenovo Group Ltd. 992, -1.11% and General Motors Co. GM, +1.48% are the latest to cancel their in-person presence at CES, which is scheduled to be held the first week in January. The companies said they will proceed with all-digital, virtual presentations.

“Based on quickly rising COVID-19 infection rates, Waymo has made the difficult decision not to participate in person at CES 2022,” Alphabet’s self-driving car unit said Thursday in a statement. Google later said in a statement that it, too, will not have an in-person presence.

Intel also cited COVID concerns. “The health and safety of our employees, partners and customers is always…

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