The Chinese automaker Human Horizons has unveiled a new line of electric luxury SUVs with an unprecedented number of connected features. The four-seat edition of the HiPhi X will hit the market at RMB ￥800,00 (about $117,000 USD), while the six-seat version will be slightly more affordable at RMB ￥680,000 (just shy of $100,000 USD).
Human Horizons is a smart mobility and autonomous driving specialist, and has brought that expertise to the forefront with the HiPhi X. The vehicle is the first to market in China with Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities, and the first in the world capable of Level 4 autonomous parking. At that level, parking is fully autonomous, with the ability to navigate blind spots and tight parking garages and an integrated system that will continue to function even when the vehicle loses its GPS signal when it goes underground.
Meanwhile, the car’s HiPhiGo virtual assistant is delivered through a collaboration with Microsoft. The assistant adds mood detection to the usual slew of connected features, and will adjust conditions in the car based on the reactions of the driver.
The HiPhi X is the first vehicle with Human Horizon’s open-source Human Oriented Architecture platform, and boasts 5G-V2X connectivity. The open-source technology will support the ongoing development of new apps and features, both from Human Horizons partners and from third party developers.
The vehicle itself has more than 562 sensors that monitor the interior and exterior of the car. The doors can be locked and unlocked with facial recognition to facilitate hands-free entry, and can also be unlocked with a smart key, a smartphone ID, or with a HiPhi app that can be used remotely. Once inside the cockpit, drivers and passengers can access the infotainment system through a series of embedded screens, and the rear-view mirror can perform media streaming.
Human Horizons will have a small production run at the end of 2020, before moving forward with a full launch in the first half of 2021. The news comes shortly after Cerence revealed that it would be providing localized speech recognition technology for a new electric SUV from BJEV.