Sooner than expected: M-Byte is coming to Europe in 2020.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas ended on the 11th of January and it certainly unveiled a number of tasty appetizers for the coming future in tech. An interesting addition to this exciting future came in the form of seven screens and swivelling front seats. China is taking yet another world by storm, and this time in the form of mysterious Byton, an electric vehicle marque launched in 2016 by former BMW and Nissan Motor executives. In June of 2018, we learned about K-byte, the luxury electric sedan, but they are now unveiling yet another fresh addition. Byton’s forthcoming electric car smells of an autonomous future, but the car’s self-driving technology is only at level 2. Next year, M-Byte will be launched in Europe.
The electric car market is acquiring more and more players – those that know the secret of mobile trends. Tesla has shown the way – and now many more follow, which is hardly surprising. Electric cars are now less complicated to make than traditional cars which is probably a contributing factor here. Byton knows this and they come with a bang. The Chinese company was founded by former BMW and Nissan Motor executives that have decided to combine their strengths to create a force to be reckoned with. During the 2018 CES, Byton presented the first part of the concept of the M-Byte – a crossover that was then said to be 80 percent ready. There was a strong reaction to the 48-inch arched screen that went from pole to pole in front of the driver seat, which aroused great surprise. Many asked if it would even be possible to drive the car without being distracted. However, the manufacturer claimed that the distance to the driver meant that it would not require unnecessary attention.
The principal competitor to the Tesla Model 3?
It is now completely ready for production and the model is more than just functional. During CES 2019, Byton revealed how the interior will to look in the final version of M-Byte, and the giant screen remains. In addition, an additional 8-inch touch screen has been added between the front seats, adding the driver’s touch screen to the steering wheel. Even the rear seat passengers have their own infotainment screens, and there is a total number of seven in the passenger compartment. Seven screens ready to infuse tech with mobility and comfort. According to the manufacturer, all the screens are needed to handle the Byton Life-cloud platform, which connects all apps with the car’s data and smart devices. This means that the electric vehicle is completely integrated to serve a wide range of functions that could be connected with future smart accessories. It sounds very promising, indeed, and Tesla should be worried about losing its share to the Chinese force of mystery.
Thinking ahead – facial recognition and personal customisation?
Each seat will be equipped with facial recognition that will deliver a custom infotainment experience offering and providing personalized information, for example about your own calendar or apps that are valuable in your daily life. According to the company, the system could even monitor the health of the occupants, although for the moment this seems vague and we will have to wait until release to really get an idea of how far this goes. The car should also be able to identify different voices in the vehicle and customize the experience according to the voice heard through the system. In Europe and North America, Byton will collaborate with Amazon Alexa, which is extremely exciting…
Byton obviously claims to deliver a vehicle with the taste of an autonomous future, and a concept that will stand out. For example, it has been reported that the front seats can be rotated twelve degrees inwards. It would make sense in a completely autonomous car, but at present, the function at most can facilitate calls when the car is stationary – this means that M-Byte will only have self-driving technology at level 2. This means that the system can take over control under certain conditions, but the driver must constantly monitor the run. Essentially, level 2 autonomy can control speed and steering and has some form of lane centering. Level 3, which we will see more of in 2019, means that drivers will be able to take their hands off the wheel and foot off the pedal. Byton hasn’t reached this level… yet.
The final consumer version of M-Byte will be presented in the middle of the year, and the car will start to be manufactured towards the end of 2019. Byton has announced that crossover will be launched in Europe 2020. The entry version of M-Byte receives an electric motor of 268 hp with drive on the rear wheels . The battery of 71 kWh battery provides a range up to 400 km. Later comes a four-wheel drive version where the two electric motors together provide 469 hp. It receives a battery of 95 kWh which provides a range of 500 km. A luxury electric vehicle sedan version called K-Byte is scheduled for 2021. The production will take place in the facility that is now being built in Chinese Nanjing, with a capacity of 300,000 cars per year. Now the company is testing its crossover in Europe, USA and China.
– We have made solid progress in the design of our facility in Nanjing and testing of our prototypes. This is a decisive year for Byton, and our global team does not endeavor to achieve our goal of large-scale production, says co-founder Daniel Kirchert to Tech Crunch.
A warning to Tesla – this sounds extremely promising, indeed.
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