In China, Xiaomi held a meeting with investors, where CEO Lei Jun spoke about the future of the company’s electromobility project. Unlike Apple, Xiaomi is acting quickly and decisively in this direction.
According to Lei Zun, mass production of Xiaomi’s first electric vehicle in the first half of 2024. This means that the premiere could take place as early as 2023. Perhaps it will be a sedan: at least the slide under the cape shows a car with this type of body. However, it is possible that the picture was chosen simply for illustrative purposes.
The first Xiaomi car plant will be located in the suburb of Beijing, in the city of Yizhuang. Xiaomi’s electromobility division has already collected more than 20,000 CVs for the project, and 453 people already work in the research and development department.
Lei Jun said at the event that Xiaomi did not enter the automotive business to “be in the spotlight.” It’s just that electric cars are being transformed from a purely engineering industry to an information industry. The whole range of Xiaomi products, from smartphones to smart home solutions, constitutes a vast intelligent ecosystem, and the electric car will be a very good addition to it.
Radars will really come to cars next year
The market for automobile radars or radars, which in 2020 amounted to 63 million units with a total value of $ 3 billion, by 2028 will grow to 274 million units with a total value of $ 10 billion. This forecast is given by experts of the analytical company Strategy Analytics, specifying that the turning point for the industry will be 2022. Radar imaging technology is expected to further enhance the capabilities of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and self-driving systems.
The growing demands for active safety in new passenger cars have not only increased the demand for sensors, including radars, but also increased the performance requirements for ADAS and associated sensors. It is expected that the new radars will have improved range and speed resolution, be able to determine heights and be more resistant to interference in the form of signals from other radars, which is necessary in an environment where they will increasingly be found in vehicle equipment. Imaging radars will be able to detect smaller objects, classify objects in the field of view, and track more objects that are close to each other. The reliability of detecting and classifying various objects will be improved, which, in turn, will improve the performance of ADAS systems and increase consumer confidence in them.
Chery unveils Jetour X-1 hybrid crossover with Huawei L3 self-driving system
The well-known Chinese company Chery has presented a new futuristic crossover through its Jetour brand, which so far passes under the model number X-1. Until January 1, there is a competition in which those who wish can offer their own version of the name for the car.
The Jetour X-1 is built on a completely new platform called Kunlun, and the car is equipped with Huawei’s L3 self-driving system, which allows the car to drive on its own most of the time, but in an emergency, the driver must take control. The Kunlun architecture will also support the L5 self-driving system, when cars do not need a steering wheel.
The car received a unique radiator grille, which is part of the bumper, and two-level optics. It is reported that we are talking about a rechargeable hybrid. The car will be equipped with a new Kunpeng power plant from Chery. Presumably, we are talking about the same combination that previously debuted in the Chery Tiggo 8 Plus Kunpeng e +. This car has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 170 hp. and two electric motors. The total power of such a system reaches 462 hp. at 510 Nm of torque.
The release of Jetour X-1 in China is expected next year.
SEC Investigates Tesla Following Complaints Of Defective Solar Panels
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating Tesla following a complaint alleging that the company did not disclose the security risks associated with solar panels installed on rooftops. These panels are supplied by Tesla’s SolarCity.
The commission acknowledged that the complaint, which served as the basis for the investigation, was filed by Steven Henkes, a former Tesla employee.
He contacted the SEC in 2019 after the automaker allegedly ignored his requests to notify consumers and regulators of solar panel safety concerns. One problem was related to defective electrical connectors that could cause a fire. More than 60,000 consumers have been affected by these problems, according to the complaint.
In 2020, Henkes sued Tesla, claiming the company fired him in retaliation for his actions.
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