When one talks about future automobiles and technology, we usually look no further than the western and european countries. For a long time, there haven’t been breakthrough products from the east, but the Chinese are not stepping out of the competition. Just like Xiaomi (the “Apple” of the east), LeEco has a strong hold on the consumer electronics market and is known as a historic media group. LeEco is taking the western automobile competition head-on, with it’s first concept car, the LeSEE.
Obviously, the car looks slick and has multiple futuristic attributes - from the shape of the headlamps to the continuous glass roof. It is an electric vehicle, and is right there to fight the next generation of the Tesla Model S. The LeSEE wasn’t developed alone by LeEco, but was made in partnership with Faraday Future, whose FFZERO1 electric hypercar concept blew our mind away.
'How Faraday Future?', you must be wondering. The CEO of LeEco, Jia Yueting, is a big man - a multibillionaire of sorts and a big promoter of futuristic products. In fact, Yueting has backed Faraday Future and Atieva, which could be the possible reason of this partnership.
Being a concept car, the LeSEE features some ridiculously futuristic tech. The car was built right from the ground up to be completely autonomous. "The steering wheel folds away and screens offer up in-car entertainment for passengers,” states a Business Insider article. The interior is occupied by multiple displays, for the driver as well as all the passengers, even the ones sitting in the rear seats. Seats? They aren’t really seats, but are ribbed memory foam cushions that were inspired by rice paddy fields; very Chinese in approach.
The car itself looks beautiful thanks to its sloping roofline and stand-out curves. LeEco definitely made the exterior as distinct as ever, making sure the car deserves its autonomous nature. Wondering what’s that thing on the top of the car? That’s a part of the system of sensors that make the car drive itself, and it flashes when in autonomous mode. Nonetheless, the car isn’t forcefully futuristic (like the Mercedes-Benz F105 Luxury in Motion, which has a pretty absurd design language), and I can imagine seeing one on the road in 2020.
We know very less about the car, but we should be stoked to see what’s in store of us by LeEco. The innovators of the east are roaring, and the with the west already in the league, the world will undoubtedly see the next generation of cars - autonomous, connected and sustainable beasts rumbling down the road.
Sources: Pocket-lint, Business Insider, LeEco
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