Las Vegas, January 15, 2018: With more than 10,000 reports on the TV, in newspapers, automotive magazines and in online media, countless posts on social media, over 200 on-site test drives – in 2018 the media and visitors’ favorite of the world’s biggest consumer electronics show, CES in Las Vegas, was a car with incredible capabilities. At a press conference on January 7 BYTON gave an advance presentation of its smart electric SUV to over 800 specially selected media representatives – with regular CES visitors getting to see the vehicle for the first time two days later. Rarely before have visitors and the media been in such agreement – the BYTON Concept is a real showstopper for numerous reasons.
Unique digital capabilities and innovative interfaces between the vehicle, driver and passengers make this premium SUV the ideal vehicle to showcase the future of smart mobility and autonomous driving. These are qualities that BYTON’s Concept exudes right from the very first glance, and nowhere is this more evident than in its interior. There, a Shared Experience Display extends across the entire width of the dashboard (49” x 10”) enabling the driver and passengers to interact with the vehicle via voice, touch and gesture control as well as through facial recognition.
“The BYTON Concept SUV connects the digital world with the automotive industry in a way that opens up a completely new experience in personal transportation”, revealed Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and co-founder of BYTON. “It was important to us not to showcase an abstract show car at CES, but to present a car that is very close to mass-production and works extremely well in all key areas. We’re quite proud of the enthusiastic response from the public and the media. Furthermore, it spurs us on to push ahead at full throttle with mass-production so that we can start delivering vehicles in 2019.”
Between Monday and Friday 550 media representatives and visitors got the chance to put the SUV through its paces on a lap of the course around the BYTON House and communicate directly with the vehicle through its digital interfaces. Over 1,700 visitors registered in advance and on the spot for a half-hour tech tour of the BYTON House. It was an experience that left a lasting impact, as proven by the glowing media response around the world.
(These cars are not yet on sale. They do not have type approval and are therefore not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.)
|Dr. Carsten Breitfeld presents the first Byton on CES Las Vegas|
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BYTON’s global headquarters, intelligent manufacturing base and R&D center are located in Nanjing, China. Its R&D center responsible for the design of prototype and concept models is based in Munich, Germany. Its North American headquarters are in Silicon Valley, the world’s tech center. BYTON also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to handle external affairs, marketing, sales, design and investor relations.
The company’s first drivable concept car will debut in January 2018 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
BYTON’s core management team is made up of the world’s top experts from China, Europe and the U.S., all of whom have held senior management positions in such innovative companies as BMW, Tesla, Google and Apple. Their expertise covers automotive design, automotive engineering and manufacturing, electric powertrain, intelligent connectivity, autonomous driving, user interface and supply chain management among other industry sectors, the sum of which represents BYTON's strengths in manufacturing premium automobiles that are equipped with high quality internet technologies.
As an innovation-driven startup, BYTON has completed its series A financing. Current shareholders include BYTON’s founding team, Harmony Auto, Aulton Investments, League Automotive Technologies, Legend Capital, an industrial investment fund led by Suning and Fullshare, and Chengtun Group among other investors.