Following the debut of the its M-Byte electric SUV concept earlier this year, Byton has revealed a new concept – the Byton K-Byte. The electric sedan concept debuted today in Shanghai ahead of its debut at CES Asia.
In addition to its electric powertrain, the Byton K-Byte concept also features integrated and retractable sensors to give it Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, which means that it can operate without human input. Byton partnered with Aurora to develop the autonomous driving technology for the K-Byte concept.
By the end of 2020, the Byton and Aurora plan to have a fleet of prototype vehicles with Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities ready for testing.
The K-Byte Concept previews a new sedan that the company is planning that will share its platform with two other vehicles, with all three using the “Byte” label. The naming strategy is derived from the company’s name, which stands for “Bytes on Wheels,” symbolizing the digital power of Byton’s offerings and the brand’s vision for a connected, mobile life.
“By adopting this naming strategy, Byton celebrates our brand DNA as a next-generation smart device,” said Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and co-founder, Byton. “Following from our first model, the Byton M-Byte Concept, the K-Byte Concept represents a breakthrough in the design of smart connected vehicles. It changes the design language of traditional cars, delivering a perfect blend of elegance, style, luxury, and sportiness, and introducing new design aesthetics in the age of shared mobility and autonomous driving.”
Byton president and co-founder Dr. Daniel Kirchert added: “Byton’s mission is to be a leader in next-generation smart devices. The K-Byte Concept shows that we can deliver our platform in different shapes and with different features to suit different lifestyles. Furthermore, building the car on the same platform as the M-Byte Concept enables us to streamline and scale the production cycle. We are fully confident that we will meet our commitment to deliver the sedan to market in 2021.”