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hybrid electric cars on the road by 2020.
The major players in the industry are
being electrified. Premium carmakers like
BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are making
strategic transformations in electrification
and announced ambitious goals to turn their
entire product portfolio into new energy
vehicles. At the same time, a lot of new companies have made aggressive forays into this
segment both in the U.S. and in China. A lot
of new EV brands have also emerged.
On the consumer end, more people tend
to choose EVs as the range and infrastructure are improved and the price is lowered.
Q How is BYTON using artificial
A AI is embodied in many of BYTON's inno-
that smartness will prevail over speed, and
data power will replace horsepower. So we
equip a new interface to the car and with
seamless connectivity technology, we want
to enable people to continue their lives
when stuck in traffic to provide people their
own time to be on the move.
Q When will EVs outnumber ICEs?
A Some researchers estimate that the EV sales
penetration in Europe, the U.S. and China will
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reach 50 percent sometime between 2035
and 2040. It's hard to say an exact timeframe,
but the trend of EVs gaining increasing
momentum is rather clear.
Many countries have set national priorities
to develop EVs. Some even set the timetable
to ban fossil fuel vehicles. The Chinese government, for example, has been highly supportive in the EV industry and set a goal to
have five million battery electric and plug-in
vations. First, AI enables BYTON's product
to adopt an innovative car interface and
new ways of human-car interaction - like
facial recognition, voice control and gesture
control - which will significantly change
people's in-car experience. Cars will be
more than a transportation tool, they will
become smart devices.
Second, AI is also empowering the
development of shared mobility and smart
transportation, creating new business opportunities and reshaping future mobility. BYTON
certainly will tap into the mobility service field
in cooperation with potential partners.
Third, at BYTON, we are also exploring
the deployment of autonomous driving,
which is billed as the ultimate scenario of
AI plus cars. The computer of autonomous
cars will eventually be able to simulate
human drivers in terms of processing information collected by the sensors (radars,
cameras and LIDAR) and making decisions.
Q What functions will the gigantic screen
on your concept car enable?
A BYTON is aiming to create a next