BYTON today debuted its first driveable concept car at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, U.S.A. With a unique digital design and innovative human-vehicle interaction, plus driver recognition features, the vehicle offers the insurance industry a look ahead at the future where the car will recognise the policyholder, as soon as they get behind the wheel.
Key features include:
· Shared lounge experience for in-car communication, entertainment and work,
with content and connection driven by the BYTON Life cloud platform
· A single 125 x 25 cm (49 x 9.8 inch) Shared Experience Display center
console, along with three additional display screens
· Unique human-vehicle interaction incorporating voice recognition, touch
control, biometric identification and hand gesture control technology
· Incorporation of Amazon Alexa for intelligent voice control, with additional
Amazon collaboration on audio and video content
· Maximum range of 520 km (323 miles) on a single charge
Let’s think about what that means for insurers for one second. No point in stealing the vehicle, because it does not recognise you. Also no chance another person in your household can `borrow’ the car and drive uninsured – they have to submit a driver profile for approval by the car.
“The BYTON Concept SUV connects both the automotive and digital industries in
ways that will deliver an entirely new connective experience for people on the move. The result is the world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle, or SIV,” said Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and Co-Founder, BYTON.
Unique human-vehicle interaction
Every insurer will be interested to learn more about BYTON Intuitive Access, which is a different method of unlocking the car. Face recognition cameras identify the driver, or passenger, to unlock the door. BYTON also recognizes driver and passenger information to auto-adjust seat angles, entertainment preferences and other information according to user preferences and usage.
User profiles are auto-enabled for every BYTON. No matter which BYTON the driver
sits in, his or her profile can be downloaded from the cloud to the car, there’s also Air Touch for advanced gesture control. This feature allows for display control via easy hand gestures at any position within the car. For example, users can caption a location with a grabbing motion in the air, and then put it into the maps function in the middle of the display to start navigation.
Data security? A Smart Gateway with machine learning ability is an additional core technology, enabling BYTON to track the security status of the vehicle in real time, detect potential failures and threats and take auto-countermeasures. We aren’t sure what that means, but it’s possible the vehicle could alert drivers that they were parking in a high theft/vandalism risk area perhaps? That could be useful for commercial drivers.
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