You’ve never heard of Byton before because this is yet another Chinese automotive startup looking to make a name for itself in the field of new mobility… all the way over in America.
The startup’s full name is Future Mobility (FMC) and actually Byton is just its brand name – think of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz without the money and tradition – now teased ahead of the first model reveal scheduled to take place in January during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas. Arriving on January 7th, the Byton model is arguably a crossover, described by the company as a “smart intuitive vehicle” with a focus on the “coming era of truly shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving.”
The teaser images aren’t overly revealing in terms of exterior design – we do have a better understanding of the interior – but the company does give away some of the details. For example, Byton says its first vehicle will feature LED lighting along with a smart access system that will unlock the door for the driver using facial recognition technology. Inside, there’s a huge “Shared Experience Display” across the entire dashboard, easily dividable into sections and there are also features such as voice recognition, touch controls, biometric identification and also “Air Touch” sensors that will allow the users to control the Shared Experience Display with hand gestures. The electric powertrain, meanwhile, is reportedly good for 310 miles (500 km), with production scheduled for Nanjing, China and sales kicking off there in 2019 – one year later the model will arrive in Europe and the United States as well.