Chinese Luxury BEV Claims 5G-V2X World First

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s a Chinese automaker that is claiming a new luxury BEV has full 5G enabled V2X connectivity considering the cyber-security furor surrounding telco giant Huawei.

The company, Human Horizons, has launched a premium all-electric bonnet badge, HiPhi, whose first model is the rather unimaginatively named HiPhi 1. This claims to be positioned as a premium lightweight hybrid-aluminum built supercar-inspired electric SUV targeting the growing global high technology luxury market. Topping its list of attractions for the auto tech geek is the boast of being the first production car with a 5G-V2X enabled communication network, equipped with modules supporting LTE-Vehicle (“Long-term Evolution”-Vehicular, LTE-V is the application of vehicular connectivity over the existing operator mobile network infrastructure) and combined with 5G connectivity.

Its domestic Chinese provider, Huawei, is a recognized global leader in 5G connectivity but following security service concerns over its spying risk from its close relationship with China’s intelligence apparatus Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan and the US have banned, and could phase out, the company’s cellular technology from security sensitive mobile networks applications.

Other touch-points for the millennial-orientated conscience are the use of ‘vegan’ leather and other sustainable materials such as natural fibers, recycled polyester, ocean waste yarns and recycled suede fabrics.

The carmaker also claims HiPhi 1 incorporates the world’s first ‘human oriented architecture’ featuring a software-developer-enabled platform within the electric and electrical architecture, which allows functions to be created that are both adaptive and self-learning.

Human Horizons’s CEO and founder Ding Lei said: “The all-new HiPhi 1 is a premium, technologically advanced, supercar-inspired EV. It features an expressive design, maximized cabin and cargo space, with the latest connectivity, advanced autonomous driving features and state-of-the-art battery technology for maximum range.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_





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