The concept electric SUV from Byton, an EV startup, has finally unveiled, boasting of an interior that resembles a lounge, combined with autonomous technologies as well as face recognition cameras. Making its official debut at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show or CES, it is expected that its production version will reach China on the latter part of 2019 before it launches in the United States and Europe later in 2020.
The claim is somewhat bold but Daniel Kirchert, Byton President, says that this car is going to be the first ever budget-friendly premium EV which can fulfill the needs as the first car in all household. The starting price for this midsize SUV is about $45,000.
At the front, this concept boasts of lights which can change according to the various driving scenarios with the specific messages it would like to convey to others while on the roads. The B-pillars have face recognition cameras which can get the doors unlocked for both passengers and drivers. Instead of your usual side mirrors, the concept is equipped with discreet side view cameras that can help drivers get a good glimpse of the outside surroundings.
Inside the cabin, the concept provides a living area fitted with leather upholstery, rotating seats, and a wooden floor. There is a big screen with a width of around 50 inches sitting on its dashboard which complements the smaller tablet for the driver right at the back of the steering wheel and two more screens in rear seats. For controlling functions such as navigation, one can easily use hand gestures from whatever position inside the car.
This Byton concept is a good complement for the soon to launch 5G communications technology, not to mention that its voice control system has also integrated Amazon Alexa.
The new SUV will be produced in Nanjing, China, and the vehicles will start to roll out in 2021.