HiPhi Unveils Machine-Learning BEV

Chinese automaker, HiPhi, has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first machine learning SUV ahead of its debut at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show.

The brand, wholly owned by the manufacturer Human Horizons, says its premium BEV, will be named the HiPhi X and is a new generation of intelligent all-electric vehicles. It’s based on the carmaker’s human oriented architecture (HOA), which takes over-the-air (OTA) upgrades and it also features a software-developer platform to enable feature and app development. Bodywork is a lightweight hybrid- aluminum construction and it makes sustainability claims with the adoption of vegan leather and the use of recyclable materials.

Leading its technology is machine learning developed in collaboration with Microsoft with an onboard AI assistant, HiPhiGo. This boasts an array of intelligent functions, including a level of reasoning and continuous learning while interacting with its occupants, the surrounding environment and various vehicle parameters.

The automaker says the car has a “neural network” consisting of 6 “super brain” domain controllers, connected by 1G Ethernet to provide a higher transmission rate than traditional CAN networks. It claims this is able to analyse large amounts of information and make decisions using cloud computing with a data analysis engine.

HiPhi X will be offered with rear- and all-wheel drive derivatives and claims a 0-to-62mph time of 3.9 seconds. There will also be several battery options, with the largest 96 kWh unit providing a range of at least 380 on the lab-based NEDC rating. Production is expected to commence by the end of this year, with official deliveries in 2021.

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

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