Another new start-up from China that goes by the name ‘Byton’ showcased its new “intelligent electric vehicle” concept at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
Byton says that the car is built for the coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving. The vehicle features an innovative human vehicle interaction.
Passengers at the front are welcomed by a massive 49-inch coast-to-coast “Shared Experience Display”, that features gesture control and voice recognition among others. There is an onboard bandwidth of up to 1000 MBPS. The car features a facial recognition camera on the B-pillar for unlocking the vehicle.
As for the exterior features, there are front and rear LED lights and a luminescent logo that can switch to different display modes to suit different driving scenarios.
Moving on to the powertrain, there is a single rear motor that makes about 272 hp and gets 250 miles (402 km), and there’s also an option of dual motor with 476 hp and 325 miles (523 km) range.
Byton’s “intelligent electric car” will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Nanjing, China and will be available in China in 2019. The car will be available in the U.S. and Europe in 2020. A sedan and multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) will be designed and produced based on the same platform, the company said.
While the global headquarters and R&D is located in Nanjing, China, its North American headquarters is devoted to intelligent car experience, autonomous driving, whole vehicle integration and other cutting-edge technologies. The company’s vehicle concept and design center is located in Munich.
Byton said, the management team is made up of the world’s top experts from China, Europe and the U.S., all of whom have held senior management positions in companies such as BMW, Tesla, Google and Apple.
Current shareholders include Byton’s founding team, Harmony Auto, Auto Investments, League Automotive Technologies, Legend Capital, and industrial investment fund in Jiangsu, China, and Chengdu Group among other investors.