Byton is starting to accumulate key partners such as the global media giant ViacomCBS to bring video content, as well as information and other services to the amazing 48-inch digital surround panel display on your next M-Byte electric SUV.
The Chinese-based electric car startup is calling its dashboard display the "Byton Stage" and the plan to turn it, along with several other displays, into an interactive experience that offers everything from entertainment and navigation to statistics on health and even review PowerPoint slides part of a bigger goal to compete against Tesla.
"In a world where Tesla has taken a prominent place in recent years, people constantly tell me that they are ready for an alternative option in choosing a new premium electric vehicle," Byton CEO Daniel Kirchert said during a Press conference on Sunday before CES in Las Vegas "I think Byton is ready to be that alternative."
Byton showed a production version of the M-Byte on Sunday during a press conference before CES, the annual technology fair in Las Vegas. The M-Byte, which is expected to go into volume production by the end of this year, will be priced at $ 45,000, Kirchert said.
Byton announced on Sunday several associations to bring content to the vehicle, including ViacomCBS, Access, Accuweather, Aiqudo, Cloud Car, Road.Travel and Xperi.
Each association is completing that interactive content ecosystem. Access Twine is the platform that Byton will use to deliver the content to its "stage", all Cloud Car will handle the recognition of the natural language connected to the cloud. Aiqudo's Voice to Action platform allows customers to use voice commands and integrates with mobile applications on their smartphones. Road.Travel allows users to plan and book trips and Xperi will deliver HD digital radio and DTS connected radio.
Some of that content, such as the ViacomCBS video, should be viewed while the M-Byte is parked, following the steps of Tesla, which has a series of games and video streaming in its vehicles.
When the vehicle is parked, users can press "cinema mode" to watch videos or "office mode" to review PowerPoint slides. And soon there will be more. Byton also announced that it will launch a program for application developers.
"Our goal is to make Byton M-Byte a perfect part of your digital life and easy access to compelling video content will be an integral part of that experience," said Andreas Schaaf, the company's customer service director at a prepared statement.