#CES 2018 | Another startup has decided to compete with Tesla

#CES 2018 | Another startup has decided to compete with Tesla

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Last fall we wrote about the Chinese company’s Future Mobility and its new brand Byton, under which it plans to release its first fully electric car. The company was founded by former senior executives of BMW and Nissan. Place the announcement of its new products, in this case, of course, is a CES 2018. Now it is opened only for journalists, but tomorrow it will be able to visit everyone.

By 2022 Byton plans to produce three fully electric car. Decided to start with a mid-size electric crossover, which will launch on the market in the fourth quarter of 2019. Then will release a sedan, and after – seven-passenger car.

As noted by Western media, the novelty of Byton is a (at least outwardly) a cross between the recently released Land Rover Velar and fully electric FF91 from company Faraday Future. The first interesting detail that catches the eye is the absence of side mirrors. Their role we take on and installed cameras.

The car uses a very advanced system of voice assistance Amazon Alexa, is clearly superior to the standard set, which can be found in the same “smart” column of the Echo. In the demo of the company Byton showed how voice commands of the driver, the car’s really looking for is not built charging station, and Alexa, meanwhile, offers a more optimal route to the nearby shops, taking into account information about vehicle location and density of traffic on the road.

The media system of the vehicle supports gesture control and has 3 level of autonomy movements. Upgrade to 4th level of autonomy the company plans to release somewhere in 2020. There is support for driving through a special smartphone app. But, of course, a major part of innovations that will attract potential buyers, it is just a giant screen that in Byton called SED (Shared Experience Display). It is a full-length center console of the car. The system will have wireless Internet access (with speeds up to 100 Gbps) will allow you to make calls and watch movies (just for the Parking). Byton also reported that its new products will be among the first cars that will offer a touch tablet embedded directly in the steering wheel.

In the background a giant screen Shared Experience, even a large Display screen, Tesla Model S and X looks just a tiny

To provide truly Royal comfort Byton equipped car with rotating chairs. Moreover, built-in facial recognition will be able to automatically pick up the settings selected seats for each passenger and driver.

The car will be offered in at least two configurations – a single-engine and twin-engine. A single-engine variant will offer 272 horsepower and a range of 400 kilometers, twin-engine – 476 horsepower and 520 kilometers respectively. It is assumed that the cost of the basic version will be $ 45,000.

According to representatives of the company Byton, the production version of the car will be about 85 percent to match what was shown in the concept. However, we can expect significant changes in the configuration of the cabin, as many of the details now seem very doubtful from the point of view of functionality, and some do ahead of time. Nevertheless, the company promises to keep a giant screen. With regards to external changes, they are likely to be minimal. Is that rear view mirror will return to the place. Without them, still does.

Despite the very bright and colorful presentation, experts in the industry there is some scepticism about the ambitious plans of Byton. As practice shows, even if you have a lot of money, not always what you want, is exactly as you want it. For example to go far don’t need. Take the automotive startup Faraday Future, clearly tried to jump over your head, and politisize. Okay, the startup, but even a veteran, like Tesla, is now experiencing serious difficulties with the production of its “budget” sedan Model 3 and while trying in vain to increase the pace of production itself. The irony is that Byton aims to start production of the car in 2019, although the company still doesn’t own a distillery.