Time indeed has changed. These days, the world’s biggest electronic show, Consumer Electronic Show, is also the playground of automakers. Speaking of which, BYTON, a China headquartered global electric vehicle maker, is taking to CES 2018 to unveil its all-new intelligent electric vehicle. Little is known about this now still elusive ride, but from the silhouette offered on the company’s official website, it appears to be a SUV. Oh, wait. No. The company prefer it to be known as Smart Intuitive Vehicle, or SIV for short. Swanky name, no doubt.
In any case, BYTON is marketing itself as a lifestyle company of sort. In the company’s own words, BYTON “is not about refining cars. It is about refining life.” From what we know, auto enthusiasts can expect a SIV that bears an all-new design and innovative human-vehicle interaction, whatever that may mean. Here are to be expected of the SIV (albeit somewhat vaguely):
• Shared Experience Display: BYTON is equipped with multiple display screens, with the traditional center console replaced by a Shared Experience Display enabling content shown to be shared with other passengers in the car.
• Human-Vehicle Interaction: In addition to voice recognition, touch control, biometric identification and necessary physical buttons, the car features proprietary Air Touch sensors, enabling front and rear passengers to control the Shared Experience Display with hand gestures.
• BYTON Life Cloud Platform: This platform seamlessly connects a driver’s or passenger’s apps, data, and devices, allowing them to take full advantage of their travel time whether for work or entertainment. BYTON Life also provides personalized services and configurations that are automatically adjusted to users’ preferences.
• BYTON Intuitive Access: This advanced secure unlocking method uses facial recognition cameras to recognize the driver or passenger in unlocking the door.
• Interior and Exterior Digital Design: Among other digital design features, unique BYTON Smart Surfaces composed of front and rear LED lights and a luminescent logo can switch to different display modes to suit different driving scenarios.
As you can see for yourself, this SIV is tech-loaded and that’s possibly why BYTON has chosen CES as the choice playground for its unveiling. No doubt, BYTON wants tech heads attention on its SIV. When BYTON’s intelligent electric cars start to roll out of the company’s Nanjing plant, it will be first made available to the China market in 2019 with the U.S. and EU markets to receive them in the following year. Also, BYTON has big plans.
After this SUV, the company will also introduce a sedan, as well as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV_, AKA minivan which will share the same platform as the SIV. When it comes to electric vehicle, China is an emerging force to be beckon with. Stay tune for more.