The Chinese tech firm that has been investing heavily in the secretive U.S.-based Faraday Future now has an autonomous electric car of its own.
LeEco has just debuted what it calls LeSee, a concept full of previously unseen technology and a number of autonomous abilities.
The company calls it “the world’s first self-evolving car,” and “the world’s first ecosystem mobility tool.” It was reportedly developed in-house as an integral aspect of the company’s “shared future mobility ecosystem.”
The theme of its far-edge technology also echoes the intent of Faraday, which is making inroads toward a $1 billion factory in Nevada. That company has only shown a raceresque concept to date, but is believed at work on other cars and crossovers on its modular platform.
As for LeEco’s latest, the car is built with a number of features meant to be enjoyed from the back seat, such as rear-hinged rear doors, seats that change shape to accommodate different passengers, and touchscreens mounted on the backs of the front seats. Each seat also provides an “isolated area for each passenger,” allowing different passengers to listen to different music or watch different videos without disturbing each other.
LeEco sees potential for the car as an autonomous taxi, and the front fascia incorporates a screen that can be used to display availability.
The company didn’t provide any specs for the car, beyond its theoretical top speed of 130 mph. But there was a short demonstration of some of its autonomous driving and parking abilities.
The company LeEco was previously known as LeTV, and has also been called “the Netflix of China.” It has previously made televisions, and just announced a new smartphone model for the Chinese market.
In addition to Faraday, LeEco has also assisted another start-up, Atieva, as well as working with Aston Martin on the electric RapidE, for which LeEco designed a new infotainment system.