Byton is a worldwide company focused on updating the cars we drive into modern technology marvels. Recently Byton showed off two of their prototype vehicles, the M-Byte entirely electric SUV that will start full production this year and the K-Byte an electric sedan that has level-4 autonomy.
While at Pebble Beach, Byton founder Daniel Kirchert told Tech Crunch that the company will complete 100 pre-production prototypes of the M-Byte at its factory in Nanjing by the end of 2018. Ten of them will be shipped to America, where they will be fitted with Level 4 self-driving technology developed by Aurora. The first M-Byte vehicles will be Level 2 capable — equivalent to the current Tesla Autopilot system. But with Aurora’s input, Level 3 and later Level 4 functionality is planned.
It’s hard to imagine a team to lead an autonomous driving startup with better credentials than those three possess. Aurora just completed a $500 million funding round led by CATL, the Chinese battery manufacturer that will also supply the batteries for Byton automobiles. The M-Byte will offer buyers a choice of a 70 kWh battery with 250 miles of range or a 90 kWh battery with 325 miles of range. Dual motor versions will also be available.
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