Byton, an automotive start-up, has recently unveiled its technology-focused, connected, self-driving, and fully electric concept car at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. The electric SUV production model previewed in the event was described by Byton as “new smart device, built for the coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving.”
- face recognition unlocking – it allows the car to determine who is on board
- Byton Life – it’s a cloud platform that enables data, apps, and music of users be accessible
- Driver Tablet – integrated into the steering wheel, it allows the driver to control the larger display, navigation, seat adjustment, and other features that are usually manipulated through knobs or physical buttons.
- Byton’s Air Touch – it’s a gesture control that allows users to control functions
- Smart Surface – features LED lights with different display modes, it allows communication with other drivers and pedestrians
The electric vehicle also caters interactive technology such as video and phone conferencing within the car and treating the passengers with its “Shared Experience Display,” which allows them to enjoy videos together when the vehicle is in Level 4 autonomous mode. This feature occupies most of the dashboard real estate. It is also designed to communicate and synchronize with the user’s calendar and locations through its built-in 5G hardware.
The concept car has a big front end 22-inch wheels, and a sloping roofline. Its interior maximized by taking advantage of the electric powertrain. The front seats are rotatable inward by twelve degrees for added convenience during conversations; while the rear seats can be adjusted individually. The interior was designed to match leather-covered seats with wood floors,
According to Byton, their concept car will be built and sold first in China next year before paving its way to the US and European markets by 2020, with price starting at $45,000. It will offer two versions of this vehicle: (1) a rear-drive model with 71-kWh battery and a range of 248.5 miles, and (2) a four-wheel-drive model with 95-kWh battery and a range of 323 miles. The former can provide 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the latter can provide 469 horsepower and 523 pound-feet torque.