The future of smart cars at the Guangzhou auto show – China Daily

GAC Aion unveils its Hyper GT at the Guangzhou auto show on Friday. [Photo provided to]

Chinese carmakers have introduced their latest development in new energy vehicles during the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, demonstrating their determination to enter the high-end pure electric and intelligent vehicle market.

Intelligent electric vehicle company Jidu, a joint venture established by tech giant Baidu Inc and carmaker Geely Holding Group, unveiled its first robocar Robo-01 during the auto show, which opened in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Friday.

Featuring unique design elements including a U-shaped folding steering wheel, a 3D borderless one-piece screen, a 3D human-machine co-driving map, full-scene voice inside and outside the car and a millisecond voice response, and an offline intelligent voice assistant, Robo-01 is symbolic of a fast coming intelligent car era, the company said.

Robo-01 will be sold in 2023, according to Jidu, which was established in March 2021.

Also, the company unveiled the appearance design of its second robocar Robo-02, a pure electric car using innovative technologies, during the auto show.

“Launching robocars aims to meet user needs for intelligent travel with in-car assistance and cabin,” said Xia Yiping, chief executive officer of Jidu.

GAC Aion, a subsidiary within the Guangzhou-based GAC Group, also unveiled its latest development during the auto show, Hyper GT, a home-made product challenging Tesla”s Model 3.

With its design, intelligent driving control and cabin enjoyment, Hyper GT has formed an all-round strength leadership in high-end NEV market, according to Gu Huinan, president of GAC Aion.

“Launching the latest development demonstrates our determination to comprehensively enter the high-end luxury pure electric vehicle market, which is usually dominated by foreign brands,” said Gu.


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