HiPhi’s Covid Car with Touch-Free Access

Chinese automaker Human Horizons is developing a touch-free car entry system for its sub-brand HiPhi’s latest luxury BEV hoping to ease pandemic transference concerns.

The touch-free ‘NT Door’ system on its HiPhi X SUV claims to be a world first with a car free from door handles or mechanical lock cylinders. All six doors in the system contain independent control modules in a bid to create an ‘intelligent’ system. The doors power-close with the push of a button.
Car users can choose a variety of entry platform such as facial recognition, smart key or smartphone ID and can also be unlocked remotely through the HiPhi app. With the omnidirectional sensing system, made possible through both positioning and ultrasonic sensors, the HiPhi X claims to be able to detect the user’s position, or objects, that may be in the path of the doors and adjust the opening angle accordingly.
The car is also the first to employ the Human Oriented Architecture (HOA) electrical architecture which will allow over-the-air updates for improved or additional control of all electronic features from vehicle performance to seat control and UX interfaces. This software platform is made up of six “super brain” domain controllers, connected by 1G Ethernet, more than 500 sensors and a 5G-V2X technology network.

HiPhi X comes with two battery options, the larger being a 96 kWh unit. The battery technology, combined with a low drag coefficient of drag of 0.27, allows the claim of a range of 380 miles on the NEDC rating. It also claims a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds. The vehicle has also been developed with dual-redundant systems seen as a key enabler for its Level 3 autonomous driving capability.

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

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