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  • - Hey everyone, this is Sean O'Kane from The Verge,

  • and I'm about to drive the Byton M-Byte electric SUV.

  • Let's go for a ride.

  • (door closing)

  • (upbeat music)

  • Now in case you don't know who Byton is,

  • they're one of the many EV startups around the world,

  • that are trying to bring an electric vehicle

  • to market.

  • They're based in China and they basically made

  • their public debut here,

  • at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2018,

  • where they showed off a concept version of this car.

  • Now they've spent the two years since then,

  • refining the car and getting it ready for mass manufacturing

  • at their plant in Nanjing, China

  • and the version that I got to drive here today,

  • is the second pre-production prototype

  • to have rolled off that factory line.

  • Now Byton's whole thing isn't about really crazy performance

  • or super high luxury, what they really are talking about

  • doing with their cars, is changing the whole paradigm

  • around user experience.

  • And the focal point of that is obviously

  • that massive screen.

  • It's the first thing you notice

  • when you look at this car.

  • It's 48 inches long and it stretches

  • from pillar to pillar.

  • It's a very divisive thing

  • and a lot of people have been really worried

  • about what it would be like to drive

  • with a screen that big, in front of you.

  • And I gotta say, just from spending a couple minutes

  • in the car, I can understand how you might be able

  • to literally look past it.

  • The screen is enormous, but it's sunken into the dashboard

  • and Byton's also done a lot of work on the software side,

  • to make sure that it's not so distracting.

  • You can turn off all the widgets

  • that make up the user interface, for example.

  • And some things, like the news feed widget,

  • won't update while you're driving.

  • You also can't watch video while you're driving,

  • which is probably a good thing.

  • In fact the thing that I probably

  • found more distracting than anything,

  • is the screen on the center of the wheel.

  • It was a little bright in the pre-production prototype

  • and I'm sure you'd be able to turn that brightness down

  • in the final version, but even if that's the case,

  • it's just right there in front of your vision.

  • There is another screen, coming off of the center console,

  • but I never really noticed that.

  • The weirdest thing about this whole experience

  • is that we've just never had this kind of experience before,

  • in a car.

  • So it's hard to really get a sense of how all of this

  • is gonna play out, 'cause there's just so much going on

  • in this interior, in a way that no other car

  • has ever thrown at a driver.

  • That it really is going to take this car

  • getting into the hands of people,

  • before we understand what kind of impact

  • all this technology is gonna have on people.

  • The whole pitch that Byton is trying to make

  • is that this technology will gain even more value,

  • if and when it's able to come up

  • with partially self driving technology

  • or fully self driving technology.

  • But that's a long way off,

  • so in the meantime, Byton's gonna have to do

  • a lot of work, as this car comes to market

  • later this year, in convincing people, and honestly,

  • just teaching them how to use this car, the right way.

  • And the screen isn't the only thing

  • that Byton's trying to sell as a new idea.

  • They're also talking about doing a lot

  • of health data integration, collecting a lot

  • of information about the driver,

  • and using advanced technologies like facial recognition.

  • A lot of stuff that people

  • are actually kind of wary about now.

  • So in that sense, trying to sell people on the idea

  • of a giant screen in the car,

  • doesn't actually seem like that crazy of an idea.

  • And Byton's not the only one trying to convince people

  • of this idea.

  • A lot of automakers, both start ups and traditional OEMs,

  • are also moving in this direction of bigger screens.

  • And so in a couple years' time,

  • it's not just going to be up to Byton

  • to answer the question of whether or not

  • we should have big screens in cars.

  • It's gonna be up to, basically all of us.

  • To make sure that you can turn off

  • some of the elephant.

  • Elephant (laughing).

  • Oh it is CES day two.

  • Hey everybody, thanks for watching.

  • If you wanna see more weird, electric cars,

  • and everything else that we've seen here

  • at the Consumer Electronics Show,

  • go to YouTube.com/TheVerge and click subscribe.

- Hey everyone, this is Sean O'Kane from The Verge,

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