10 billion for the Xiaomi VE, the new Kia EV6 and Tesla's incredible Autopilot

Kia has just unveiled its new EV6 electric car, a 4.68m-long crossover based on the E-GMP platform rumored to be common with the Apple Car.

Quite aesthetically successful, it offers technically quite interesting characteristics against competition :

• 2 engines from 169 to 325 hp (2×4 or 4×4)
• Battery of 58 kWh or 77.4 kWh (as at Tesla, VW …)
• Up to 400 to 510 km of autonomy (490 km in 4×4)
A 584 hp GT version will also see the light of day with a 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 s, and a VMax of 260 km / h.

On the electrical side, the 800V platform (like the Taycan) will make it possible to gain 100 km of autonomy in 4min30, and to go from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes. Not bad ! The charging power will then be 239 kW peak, and 180 kW on average, again, a good performance for a car whose price remains reasonable. Note also the possibility of charging external devices (V2L) with a socket up to 3.6 kW.

Inside, we find two small curved 12.3 “slabs whose system does not seem finalized yet and a head-up display with augmented reality – as on the ID.3 or the new Mercedes. On the connectivity side, there will of course be induction smartphone charging in the central armrest, but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto wireless ! Note the good general habitability, including with a large 520-liter trunk and the presence of a 52-liter frunk

Prices range from € 47,990 to € 66,990 (GT) with a discount on Ionity (1 year free) and even a recharge credit.

The next Xiaomi car? (Xiaomi image)

Other information, always on the other side of the globe, the Chinese manufacturer of smartphones and electronic devices Xiaomi announces that it wants to invest more than 10 billion dollars over 10 years in the electric vehicle! After Apple, Foxconn or even Baidu, it is indeed the world of tech which is trying to seize this new market which is very buoyant and above all, very demanding in embedded technologies. But is this enough to ensure production on a global scale? Xiaomi will undoubtedly be able to rely on various industrial partners at first, China already has more than 150 brands (!) of electric vehicles to date.

Finally, we end with a new video of the latest version of Tesla’s Autopilot (still in beta). The picture shows exactly what the car sees (traffic lanes, traffic, signage, pedestrians …) as you drive, and the level of detail is always more impressive, despite the use of cameras and the absence of LIDAR. Currently, the legislation does not allow the movement of these driverless cars, but the more technology advances, the more these systems increase their level of credibility.


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