Chinese startup motor vehicle maker Byton has released its first electric concept car at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, dubbed a Smart Intuitive Vehicle, or SIV.
But the car has much more technology to offer than just electric power: think facial recognition, gesture controls, a digital dashboard and the ability to connect to other smart devices.
It may still be a concept model right now, but Byton says it plans to start production next year – and has even released a projected price of US$45,000, which makes it significantly cheaper than some Tesla models.
“A next-generation smart device, the car is uniquely built for the coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving,” said the brand, some of whose designers used to work for BMW and Apple.
The car features advanced facial recognition, which will automatically unlock the doors when it detects authorised drivers or passengers. Inside, facial recognition adjusts the seating position.
In place of traditional control panels, the Byton SIV has a series of adjacent display screens which can project artwork or photography when the car is parked – or a wide range of data and information when in motion.
In autonomous driving mode, the front seats can be turned towards each other to create a “living space” when on the move.
Controls can be activated by voice recognition, touch controls, biometric identification or even motion sensors which respond to hand gestures.
And if that’s not enough, the car can interconnect with a driver’s health tracking devices, apps, phone and other devices, offering health advice or warnings, playing music, making phone calls or controlling satellite navigation.