Zeekr OTA Focused on In-Cab UX

Premium Chinese EV maker Zeekr is claiming a unique OTA upgrade approach that enhances the in-cabin user experience.

In announcing an array of upgrades to its 001 vehicle, the automaker says these are to improve driver comfort, cockpit interface and smart driving technologies. It has also announced a host of hardware improvements to the body and chassis of 001 for the 2022 model year.

Zeekr says the vehicle is the world’s first production car equipped with two 7nm autonomous driving chips embedded within a visual fusion sensing system and claims to enable a 001 to self-adapt autonomously at speeds of up to 80mph. The automaker says that, during its testing, a 001 will automatically slow when it detects pedestrians or non-motor vehicles approaching. It claims also to automatically detect a car door open on the side of the road or a truck approaching on the side, turning wheels slightly to avoid a possible side collision. The latest upgrades also include a high performance 8155 Snapdragon microchip which has improved more than 200 key items of user control functions within the cockpit.

Zeekr’s new driving system also claims to allow users to switch among different driving modes and has a distributed traction control system, designed only for pure electric vehicles. This new system includes signal transmission and a processing rate 10 times faster than most existing systems, bringing computing down to milliseconds. This improves acceleration performance by 31% on harsh road surfaces, or in snow and ice conditions, whilst increasing the maximum controllable concerning speed. This newly updated driving system will give user the option to switch between rear wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and real time adaptive four-wheel drive systems based on the road conditions.

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

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