Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

EV startup Byton unveils world's first Smart Intuitive Vehicle at CES 2018

EV startup Byton unveils world's first Smart Intuitive Vehicle at CES 2018

Former BMW and Apple employees unveiled its new US$45,000 electric auto called Byton at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas.

The SUV also features Amazon Alexa for voice control features, as well as additional Amazon collaboration on audio and video content. However, the company his already marking its territory by proclaiming it will sell a base model starting at $US45,000 with a range of 402km, along with a more expensive model capable of 523km on a single charge. Founded in 2016, Future Mobility Corporation (later changed its name to Byton) is a startup backed by created to reshape the future of mobility in the 21st century. The electric SUV even comes with its own fitness tracker capabilities, monitoring the heart rate and blood pressure of the driver. Its global headquarters, intelligent manufacturing base and R&D centre are located in Nanjing, China, while its N.A headquarters, devoted to intelligent auto experience, autonomous driving, whole vehicle integration and other cutting-edge technologies, is based in the Silicon Valley.

BYTON also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to handle external affairs, marketing, sales, design and investor relations.

For ordinary driver, the first you will notice about Byton is its 49-inch touchscreen, which spans the whole dashboard of the 76-inch-wide vehicle. It is designed with for voice control support using Amazon Alexa.

It will host a plethora of information - from feedback from the "mirror cameras" to Smartphone displays - which can be controlled by gesture and swipe.

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The vehicle is the first to ride on a new platform developed by Byton.

There's the promise of level 3 (with level 4 to come) autonomy, facial recognition instead of keys, seats which swivel in for social interaction when driving autonomously and big screens in the back too. Byton plans to announce an autonomous technology partner later this month.

Byton's massive four-foot infotainment screen runs across the entire dashboard.

Byton calls the Concept SUV a Smart Intuitive Vehicle.

Auto reveals are nothing if not dramatic - and Byton co-founders Carsten Breitfeld, Byton's CEO, and Daniel Kirchert, Byton's president, drove their baby on the stage, a four-door SUV-styled vehicle that has flush door handles, flat antenna and side view cameras that are tucked neatly against the car's sides. "We're not redefining cars, we're redefining life".

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