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China EV maker Byton says business as usual despite management upheaval

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Byton, which is facing a management shake-up and questions about funding an expansion, said it has received over 50,000 orders globally for its new SUV model and plans to start production at the end of this year.
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Electric car startup Byton loses co-founder and former CEO, reported $500M Series C to close this summer

The race is on for building and shipping more cost-effective electric cars, but today one of more ambitious startups in the field announced some significant changes that underscore some of the challenges in making that a reality. Byton, the Chinese electric car startup, today announced that Carsten Breitfeld, the former BMW executive and Byton co-founder who had been the CEO and was most recently chairman, has left the company “to start a new adventure within the start-up industry.” To offset th...
Tags: Europe, China, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Bmw, Electric Cars, Foxconn, Cto, Aurora, Carsten, Carsten Breitfeld, Personnel, Byton, Daniel Kirchert


Search giant Baidu has driven the most autonomous miles in Beijing

While the public is asking, “When are we going to ride in autonomous cars?” Technology companies have been moving apace to test them on designated roads. In China’s capital city Beijing, eight firms drove a total of 153,600 kilometers (95442.6 miles) through their autonomous fleets in 2018, and Baidu, the country’s largest search engine service seen as a local answer to Google, has built a big lead. That’s according to new data released by Beijing’s transportation regulators in their first re...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, California, China, Nokia, Tech, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Ford, Automation, Shanghai, Tencent, Search Engine, Driving


A self-driving car expert describes the biggest problem with semi-autonomous driving systems like Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise

Semi-autonomous driving systems like Tesla's Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise are designed to reduce the stress of driving by automating tasks like steering, accelerating, and braking under certain circumstances, but the driver needs to be ready to take over at any moment. Those systems rely on unrealistic expectations about how well humans are able to pay attention to the road and quickly react if the semi-autonomous system needs them to take control, Mary Cummings, a professor at Duke w...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes, Volvo, Duke, Harley Davidson, Cadillac, Cummings, Semi, Mary Cummings, Byton


An exec from Tesla rival Byton explains why its 48-inch dashboard screen won't distract drivers

The electric vehicle startup Byton is making cars designed for the age of autonomous driving, which means emphasizing interior features over performance specs like acceleration and horsepower. Central to Byton's strategy is a 48-inch display screen embedded in the dashboard of its first production vehicle, the M-Byte electric SUV. The screen's size and functionality raise questions about its potential to distract drivers. Byton wants to limit distractions by emphasizing touch-based controls, p...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, London, China, Trends, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Toyota, North America, Harley Davidson, Chung, Byton, Jeff Chung Byton


Tesla rival Byton wants to 'disrupt the automotive world' with an enormous, 48-inch dashboard screen

The electric vehicle startup Byton is making cars designed for the age of autonomous driving, which means emphasizing interior features over performance specs like acceleration and horsepower. Central to Byton's strategy is a 48-inch display screen embedded in the dashboard of its first production vehicle, the M-Byte electric SUV. The screen's size and functionality raise questions about its potential to distract drivers. Byton wants to limit distractions by emphasizing touch-based controls, p...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, China, Trends, Tesla, Chrysler, Silicon Valley, Toyota, North America, Harley Davidson, Chung, Byton, Jeff Chung Byton


Car Manufacturers Want To Monitor Drivers Inside Their Cars

Startups are demonstrating "sensor technology that watches and analyzes drivers, passengers and objects in cars" reports Reuters -- a technology that "will mean enhanced safety in the short-term, and revenue opportunities in the future." SonicSpike shares their report: Whether by generating alerts about drowsiness, unfastened seat belts or wallets left in the backseat, the emerging technology aims not only to cut back on distracted driving and other undesirable behavior, but eventually help au...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Audi, Reuters, Cadillac CT6, Ramsey, NCAP, Byton, Mike Ramsey Gartner, Mazda Subaru


With a 48-inch screen, this futuristic dashboard is like nothing else

Chinese startup Byton traveled to CES 2019 to unveil a new version of its electric concept that's closer to series production. It has the largest screen ever fitted to a production vehicle. The post With a 48-inch screen, this futuristic dashboard is like nothing else appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Report: Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation

Early last year, LinkedIn co-founder and prolific venture capital investor Reid Hoffman called Chris Urmson “ the Henry Ford of autonomous vehicles (AV).” The vote of confidence and big check from Hoffman, coupled with a team of deeply knowledgable AV entrepreneurs, has catapulted his company, Aurora Innovation, squarely into “unicorn” territory. Aurora, the developer of a full-stack self-driving software system for automobile manufacturers, is raising at least $500 million in equity f...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Uber, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Sydney, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, Intel Capital


Byton’s Enormous In-Car Screen Is Confirmed For Production

The absolutely gigantic, not-at-all distracting screen in the Byton M-Byte has made it to the production stage, and we’re baffled
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Tesla breaks ground on Shanghai factory which will product Model 3 EVs for China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s first overseas factory in Shanghai will focus on producing Model 3 vehicles for the Chinese market only. Musk is currently in China to break ground on the new factory today, which is being developed in partnership with the Shanghai government — an ally that is likely to be incredibly useful. The deal was announced by Tesla in July and it was followed quickly by the opening of Model 3 pre-orders for China-based customers in November. Initial...
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Tesla breaks ground on Shanghai factory which will produce Model 3 EVs for China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s first overseas factory in Shanghai will focus on producing Model 3 vehicles for the Chinese market only. Musk is currently in China to break ground on the new factory today, which is being developed in partnership with the Shanghai government — an ally that is likely to be incredibly useful. The deal was announced by Tesla in July and it was followed quickly by the opening of Model 3 pre-orders for China-based customers in November. Initial...
Tags: Asia, Elon Musk, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Shanghai, Transport, Bmw, Infiniti, Hyperloop


Chinese car startup Byton is moving the touchscreen to where you least expect it

Chinese startup Byton traveled to CES 2019 to unveil a new version of its electric concept that's closer to series production. It has the largest screen ever fitted to a production vehicle. The post Chinese car startup Byton is moving the touchscreen to where you least expect it appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Byton has added yet another screen to its upcoming all-electric M-Byte SUV

Byton, the China-based electric car startup that made its debut at CES last year, is back to show what the finalized interior of its upcoming M-Byte SUV will look like. The giant 48-inch wraparound digital dashboard screen that received so much attention is staying. And so is the touchscreen drive tablet located at the center of the steering wheel — although its size and design has changed. No, Byton didn’t remove anything. It’s adding more. Byton is adding an 8-inch touch pad between the driver...
Tags: Transportation, China, Tech, Ces, Automotive, Automotive Industry, Las Vegas, Bmw, Infiniti, Consumer Electronics Show, Amazon Alexa, Carsten Breitfeld, Byton, Daniel Kirchert, BYTON Life, Kirchert


Electric car startup Byton on track to complete China factory by May

China-based electric vehicle startup Byton is on track to complete construction of its factory by May, company executives said Sunday at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The plant is being constructed in Nanjing, China and will have a capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles per year. The main body of the factory, which includes the stamping, painting, welding, assembly and battery, is currently under construction.  Manufacturing equipment in the factory will be supplied by  AIDA Engineering of Japan, and KUK...
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Chinese startup Byton is moving the touchscreen to where you least expect it

Chinese startup Byton will travel to CES 2019 to unveil a new version of its 2018 concept that's closer to series production. Though we haven't seen it yet, a dark teaser image shows a touchscreen right in the middle of the steering wheel. The post Chinese startup Byton is moving the touchscreen to where you least expect it appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Byton, CES 2019


How Can Byton Possibly Sell Its ‘Driver Tablet’ In America?

Chinese automaker Byton wowed the world when it introduced a concept vehicle playing host to more interior screen space than seemed wise. Both the K and M-Byte Concepts carried this trend through the past year by including a small interactive display inside the steering wheel. At the time, we attributed the design as a fantastical […] The post How Can Byton Possibly Sell Its ‘Driver Tablet’ In America? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Ces, Autos, Consumer Electronics Show, News Blog, Byton, K-Byte, Digital Display, 2020 Byton M-byte, Byton M-byte


The 24 hottest cars at the LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show begins on Friday and runs through December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Major automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as well as startups like Rivian and Byton, will show off production and concept vehicles. This year's lineup includes vehicles that represent the auto industry's present and future, from gas-powered SUVs and pickup trucks like the 2020 Lincoln Aviator and 2020 Jeep Gladiator to electric vehicles like the BMW Vision iNext and Rivian 1T. The LA...
Tags: America, Los Angeles, Trends, Bmw, La Auto Show, Los Angeles Auto Show, Consumer Electronics Show, Detroit Auto Show, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes Benz, New York International Auto Show, Byton, Lincoln Aviator, Rivian


Another senior Tesla employee appears to have left the company (TSLA)

Antoin Abou-Haydar, who was a senior director of production and quality for Tesla, appears to have left the company this month, according to his LinkedIn page. Abou-Haydar's page says he is now working as the vice president of global quality for the Chinese electric-vehicle startup Byton. Tesla and Abou-Haydar did not immediately respond to Business Insider's requests for comment. The automaker has a history of high turnover among its senior employees and has seen a number leave this year.   ...
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Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio makes bumpy start following $1B IPO

Nio, the Tesla -wannabe electric vehicle firm from China, enjoyed a mix start to life as a public company after it raised $1 billion through a listing on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The firm went public at $6.26 — just one cent above the bottom of its pricing range — meaning that it raised a little over $1 billion. That’s some way down on its original goal of $1.8 billion, per an initial filing in August, and for a while it looked like even that price was optimistic. Early tradin...
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User’s Guide to Disrupt SF 2018

Disrupt SF (Sept 5-7) approaches with just a few days until things kick off. We have an all-star lineup that only TechCrunch can assemble, and we’re expecting our largest number of attendees yet. Check out our star-packed agenda here , and keep reading to find out everything you need to make for a stellar conference experience. Pre-Event Badge Pick Up Disrupt is 3x the size as previous years! Skip the Wednesday rush by picking up your badge early on Tuesday, September 4th from 12pm – 4pm a...
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China’s Byton is sending its electric SUV prototypes to the U.S.

Byton, the new China-based automaker founded by former BMW and Infiniti executives, has produced the first 10 prototypes of its tech-centric all-electric SUV and some of them will be in the U.S. before the end of the year, company president and co-founder Daniel Kirchert told TechCrunch. Byton plans to produce another 100 prototypes of the SUV, which the automaker calls the M Byte, by the end of 2018, Kirchert said in recent interview during Monterey Car Week.  Some of these vehicles will be shi...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Europe, China, Tech, Automotive, Bmw, Monterey, Alexa, Chris Urmson, Nanjing, Aurora, Pebble Beach Concours, Carsten Breitfeld, Sterling Anderson, China Sales


A Chinese electric car startup is trying to take on Tesla by making its cars more like an iPhone

The Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton is developing three vehicles, the first of which will hit the market in 2019. The company has prioritized interior features, like touchscreens and adjustable seats, over traditional performance metrics, like range and acceleration, in part because it assumes autonomous driving technology will become available to consumers in the next few years. Byton president and co-founder Daniel Kirchert told Business Insider that Byton will sell a car with Level 4...
Tags: Trends, Tesla, Ford, Silicon Valley, Bmw, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Costco, Business Insider, Aurora, Waymo, General Motors Cruise, Byton, Daniel Kirchert, K Byte, MPV Kirchert


Byton’s Autonomous Tech Is Just 2 Years Away

An Introduction to Byton With Tesla being in the news for all the wrong reasons these days, it seems like a good time for its rival Byton to introduce its own autonomous driving system. The label, which is owned by the Chinese manufacturer Future Mobility Corporation, unveiled its new concept car by the name of K-Byte at an event in Shanghai last week. Byton is fine-tuning the K-Byte concept by collaborating with Aurora in order to bring its autonomous systems to life. The company informed the ...
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Developers — hack your way to free passes to Disrupt SF 2018

You’ve heard how TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 is going to be the biggest, most ambitious Disrupt ever — and we’re serious. So serious, in fact, that we’re super-sizing the Hackathon, taking it online and making it global. Thousands of the world’s most talented developers, programmers, hackers and tech makers can participate and submit their hacks from anywhere in the world. The clock starts now — you have a little less than 6 weeks to build your team and start creating your projects — s...
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China's Ambitions To Power the World's Electric Cars Took a Huge Leap Forward This Week

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Future Mobility Corporation (FMC), the Chinese parent company behind electric car start-up Byton, has placed an order for a paint shop capable of handling 150,000 cars per year, German supplier Duerr said on Wednesday. China's Byton, a newcomer headed by the former head of BMW's i8 program, has already released plans for a premium electric SUV vehicle, the latest in a series of China-backed electric autonomous prototypes. Byton has financial back...
Tags: China, Tech, Tesla, Korea, Panasonic, Bmw, Volkswagen, Shenzhen, Reuters, FMC, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, MIT Technology Review, LG Chem, Duerr, FAW Group, CATL


Byton's K-Byte Electric Concept Makes Self-Driving Look Good

While Tesla struggles, Chinese automakers like Byton are aiming to gobble up its market share with electric, someday self-driving cars.
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Sink or Swim: What Kind of Automotive Startup Will Byton Be?

After showcasing its first concept vehicle at CES 2018, electric car startup Byton has come back with another for CES Asia. On Monday, the company also announced it had recently raised more than half a billion dollars in capital. Byton looks to be on the right path, but the trail it’s marching down has already been taken by […] The post Sink or Swim: What Kind of Automotive Startup Will Byton Be? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Startups, Asia, Ces, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Cars, Concept Cars, EVs, Avs, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Automotive startups, Byton, Byton Cars


Chinese startup aims to set design direction for autonomous cars

The Byton K-Byte concept debuts at CES Asia in Shanghai as the second concept vehicle from the Chinese electric-car startup. Like Byton's first concept, now dubbed M-Byte, the K-Byte emphasizes connectivity and autonomous driving. The post Chinese startup aims to set design direction for autonomous cars appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Shanghai, Self-driving Cars, Concept Cars, Electric Cars, CES Asia, Byton