Fully electric, intelligent SUV makes US debut

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The Byton Concept SUV has made an appearance at the CES 2018 event offering fully electric, intelligent premium mobility.

The Byton drivable concept car has made its debut at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With a unique digital design and innovative human-vehicle interaction, the premium SUV functions as a Next Generation Smart Device, built for the coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving.

The new SUV will be manufactured at Byton’s plant in Nanjing, China and will be available to local buyers towards the end of 2019, with its introduction in the USA and Europe the following year. Key features include:

* Shared lounge experience for in-car communication, entertainment and work, with content and connection driven by the Byton Life cloud platform.
* A single 125 x 25 cm (49 x 9.8 inch) Shared Experience Display centre console, along with three additional display screens.
* Unique human-vehicle interaction incorporating voice recognition, touch control, biometric identification and hand gesture control technology.
* A maximum range of 520 km (323 miles) on a single charge.

“The Byton Concept SUV connects both the automotive and digital industries in ways that will deliver an entirely new connective experience for people on the move. The result is the world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle, or SIV,” said Dr Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and Co-Founder of Byton.

“Byton is tailor-made for fully electric mobility. Equally important, we have designed our car to be the first-ever affordable premium EV that fulfills the requirements as the first car in every household,” said Dr Daniel Kirchert, President and Co-Founder of Byton.

Smart surfaces

The Byton Concept is a medium sized premium smart electric SUV, measuring 4,850mm (15.9 ft), with a wheelbase of 2,945mm (9.6 ft) and a wheel size of 22 inches. Its exterior design reflects the SUV’s robust style and distinctive proportions for optimised aerodynamics.

The Byton is distinguished by the use of “Smart Surfaces” beginning with the front grille. LED lights throughout the front highlight the luminescent logo in the middle, along with connecting lines and dots that can switch to different display modes to suit different driving scenarios as well as communicate with users and pedestrians. The rear of the car also adapts the Smart Surfaces design.

It is equipped with three facial recognition cameras, which are embedded in the B-pillar on both sides of the car. Side-view cameras replace traditional side mirrors. It also includes an invisible door handle and perfectly integrated antennas.

Full electric mobility

The new SUV makes use of the latest EV architecture to maximise space within the passenger compartment. A flat floor and the absence of a centre console convey openness to all the cabin occupants. Individually adjustable seats provide sofa-like comfort and luxury. The driver interacts with the electrical systems using the Driver Tablet.

The Shared Experience Display is a 125 x 25 cm (49 x 9.8 in) screen, which automatically adjusts brightness according to changes in ambient light and has a unique horizontal layout enabling content shown to be shared with other passengers in the car.

Unique human-vehicle interaction

Byton describes its vehicle as a “next generation smart device”, complete with convenient human-vehicle interactions.

Intuitive Access offers a different method of unlocking the car. Face recognition cameras recognise the driver or passenger to unlock the door. It also uses the information gained biometrically to to auto-adjust seat angles, entertainment preferences and other information according to user preferences.

Air Touch is an advanced gesture control system, which allows for display control via easy hand gestures at any position within the car. For example, users can capture a location with a grabbing motion in the air, and then put it into the mapping function in the middle of the display to start navigation.

The Driver Tablet allows the driver to control the Shared Experience Display, navigation, seat adjustment and other functions. The sides of the tablet integrate some physical buttons in the car such as the volume control or buttons for changing driving modes.

High spec digital EV

Other features of the Byton premium SUV that places it firmly within the next generation of fully electric and integrated transport include:

5G ready interconnected hardware includes a hidden antenna on the roof, which allows data transfer rates up to 10 Gbit/second, hundreds of times more than the normal average achievable bandwidth.

Focussed robust data security is built into all features and services through Byton’s established dedicated independent Security Lab to ensure data security whether connected to the cloud or within the vehicle. Byton Smart Gateway with machine learning ability is an additional core technology, enabling Byton to track the security status of the vehicle in real time, detect potential failures and threats and take auto-countermeasures.

The production car will have two range options for endurance – a rearwheel drive model with a 71 kwh battery pack and a driving range of 400 km, or a four-wheel drive model with a 95 kwh battery pack and driving range up to 520 km (323 miles). In fast charge mode, 80% of the battery is recharged in just 30 minutes.

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