The ArcFox Alpha S series, a fully electric car powered by Huawei technology was launched at the 2021 Shanghai International Auto show on 17th April.
This automotive vehicle lineup was jointly developed by Huawei and BAIC’s new energy brand Jihu. It’s the first collaboration between both companies and seems very successful.
The companies are also planning the mass production of this series. It’s likely to be launched within this year. So you may look forward to the end of this year, you’ll get to experience this high-end electric car.
The ArcFox Alpha Smart car series offers two models the regular Alpha S model and the Alpha S HI model. The regular models come with the basic features whereas the HI-supported models come with the smart Huawei ADS.
Both the models are further subdivided into two versions- the basic version and the high-end version. There is a slight difference in both versions, also they share many similarities.
So you can say the entire series includes four models.
Highlights of the models:
- Fast charging technology
- Hongmeng OS (HarmonyOS) based smart cockpit
- Huawei Kirin 990A Chipset
- Huawei ADS
- Powerful Lidar system
Fast charging technology:
The lineup adopts fast charging technology developed by Huawei. The smart temperature-controlled lithium-ion battery pack will give you long-lasting battery capacity.
The battery support for 93.6kWh and the three alternatives of NEDC ( New European Driving Cycle), 525km, 603km, and 708km.
It takes 1.5 hours using AC slow charging whereas 7 hours using 20kW AC slow charging to be fully charged. A single charge of 10 minutes will increase the battery life by 197 kilometers.
In addition, Huawei’s DC fast charge can fully charge the vehicle in 15 minutes. It also supports wireless charging with an exceeded charging efficiency of 92%.
Hongmeng OS (HarmonyOS) based smart cockpit:
Unsurprisingly, the cockpit works on Huawei’s self-developed Hogmeng OS (HarmonyOS). The OS established the interactive ecosystem between the smartphone and the smart cockpit.
As of now, Huawei’s application number reached double digits in the cockpit system. In the future, the company will add more applications to the system.
The 20.3-inches 4K car screen takes from the driving position to the autopilot position, supports the multi-gesture operation, screen switching, and more.
In terms of key functions, the OS supported many Huawei exclusive features. The line includes-
- Huawei’s smart car solution
- Powerful camera system
- Domain controllers
- Voice interaction
- Precise control algorithms
Without any doubt, the HarmonyOS is the most highlighted feature of the Alpha S models.
Huawei Kirin 990A Chipset:
The smart cockpit chipset is powered by Huawei Kirin 990A for high-stream computing power. It also supports the 5G network of strong network control.
The Alpha S HI basic version can reach up to 400 TOPs of computing power and the high-end version can generate computing power of 800 TOPs.
It’s noteworthy that this time Huawei uses Taishan architecture for an automobile chipset. Previously, it was used in making server chips.
Huawei ADS (Autonomous Driving Support) featured in the Alpha S HI versions. The three-level of ADS supports NCA mode, ICA+ mode, and ICA mode.
The NCA mode autopilot driving can realize point-to-point automatic driving through the preinstalled map in the car, which amazing itself.
The operation of Huawei ADS is also easy. The user only needs to enter the location and activate the cruise lever under the steering wheel. And the vehicle will give you a ride to your destination.
It’s noteworthy that the high precision map used in the system limited to some selected areas. They are covers-
If you are disappointed that you won’t be able to experience Huawei ADS because of the limited locations, let me share with you a piece of good news. Huawei is planning to commercialize its high-precision map within this year.
It will soon open a new batch of first and second-tier cities to cover reaming major cities. (Read More)
Powerful Lidar system:
The Polar Fox Alpha S HI version features a powerful lidar system that is able to realize autonomous driving on urban roads. The system includes the following variants-
- Three lidar
- Six-millimeter wave radars
- Nine camera
Of course, the front cameras are the bright spot of the system, which used the changed binocular camera in the middle. It works the same as the human eye.
Regular Alpha S Model
- Basic Version: 251,900 Yuan (around 38,800 USD)
- High-end Version: 344,900 Yuan (around 53,100USD)
HI Supported Alpha S Model
- Basic Version: 388,900 Yuan (around 59,900 USD)
- High-end Version: 429,900 Yuan (around 66,200 USD)
BAIC Fox Alpha S Huawei HI Edition will officially launch on May 7
Jihu Automobile has scheduled the launch conference of the high-end luxurious pure electric new Huawei HI Edition of the BAIC Polar Fox Alpha S Huawei car in Beijing on May 7, 2022, to officially announce it.
Previously, the commercial version of the extreme Fox Alpha S Huawei HI was announced sometime in November last year at the 2021 Guangzhou International Auto Show. And now Alpha S will launch the Huawei Hi Edition car from BAIC Blue Valley’s Jihu car brand.
On tracking the previous reports is high-end Huawei car was first launched with the HarmonyoOS system and was also the first designed to be qualified with Huawei’s high-end autonomous driver ADS system, which includes three-level NCA mode, ICA+ mode, and ICA mode.
The car is equipped with a 3-component lithium overcharge custom battery pack IP68 dustproof and waterproof that lasts up to 708 km under comprehensive working conditions and helps ultra-fast charging of 750V.
Alpha S Huawei HI was the first-ever car that was packed with HarmonyOS cockpit and exclusive Huawei technology. The car performs a high navigation mapping that allows you to easily travel in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen and additional locations are also set up.
Previous reports claim that the car debuted with a starting cost of RMB 388,900 for the standard version and the Advanced model litter higher than the standard one, which is available at RMB 429,900.
So users are you excited to meet with this extraordinary featured car with fully electric operation. The Jihu association is ready to officially launch this Huawei HI BAIC Alpha on May 7, 2022, in Beijing China.
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Huawei AITO M5 HarmonyOS car gets first OTA update
On April 17, Huawei has officially released the first update for HarmonyOS smart cockpit equipped AITO M5 SUV car through OTA medium. According to the information, this update is rolling with version V1.0.102SP05.
In summary, AITO M5 medium-sized SUV is jointly developed by Huawei and SERES, which is a hybrid car and run on both electricity and gasoline. It is equipped with the smart cockpit, HarmonyOS vehicle system, and DriveOne three-electric system provided by Huawei.
Huawei AITO M5 first update brings optimization for main driver’s seat welcome, lighting prompts, smart voice, smart-screen UI interface and signal prompts for better user experience.
For your information, this update may take around 2 hours to complete the update process. You can check the update steps and precaution below.
How to update:
While you are in the car:
First, you need to login in to your account by navigating through Settings, System and then System Update. You can also view the current version and update status of the system in this interface.
Also, enter the system update section and click “Settings” in the upper right corner and make sure the “Automatic Download” switch is turned on. Additionally, you can check the download progress in the notification Center.
Once the download process is complete, you can click the upgrade icon on the screen and set up the update plan and select “Reservation Update” or “Update Now” as per your requirements.
When you are outside of the car:
On the flip side, you can also install the update remotely through smartphone. But, make sure that new version of the vehicle was downloaded.
Simply, open the AITO app, go to My tab and followed by My Vehicle. From here, tap on your vehicle option, click on vehicle software version and select update noew or schedule update.
Once the update is done, you can view the specific operation instructions of each function in “Services and Applications > Application Center > Owner’s Guide” on the central control screen of the car.
Note: The “System Update” function needs to be used under the owner’s account or an authorized account.
- When upgrading, please park the vehicle on a gentle (non-up/downhill) road section, close all entertainment audio and video applications in the vehicle, and ensure that the vehicle network signal is good and the battery power is higher than 30%.
- During the upgrade process, the vehicle may turn off the screen, turn on the running lights, and briefly prompt the instrument panel fault light, which are all normal phenomena. Please do not intervene or drive the vehicle; you can lock the car and leave normally, and the vehicle will automatically Power off after the upgrade is complete.
- After the upgrade is completed, if the instrument panel prompts that the cruising range or tire pressure is abnormal, it will not affect the normal driving of the vehicle, and it can be restored after driving for a period of time (meaning that the vehicle needs to travel at a speed of more than 25 kilometers per hour for more than 3 minutes).
- If you encounter any other problems during the upgrade process, please call the user care hotline 400-008-9999 for consultation.
Huawei Avita 11 EV completes extreme cold tests
Huawei, Changan Digital, and Ningde Time’ jointly developed smart car Avita 11 has successfully completed the first round of extreme cold tests. As per the information, this development will lead us towards the mass production of the Avita 11.
The first model – Avita 11 was officially unveiled in November last year. It is reported that the car-making technologies rely on Changan Automobile, the intelligent system Huawei provides support, and the Ningde era will provide battery packs.
Extreme Cold Tests:
Traveling in extremely cold weather tests the performance of the EVs in terms of low-temperature ignition, charging, and discharging as well as thermal management. In the snow capital of China, Avita 11 has successfully passed 38 tests.
The contents of this extreme cold test include – 30-degree ultra-low temperature cold start, 20 – degree ultra-low temperature high-power charging, 10 – degree ultra-low temperature crew cabin heating test, high-power four-wheel-drive extreme cold test, etc.
Avita 11 successfully passed the test, the Avita 11 calibrated in this winter test adopts the new-generation CTP battery pack of CATL. In addition, Huawei is also conducting extreme cold tests on the smart driving system on the Avita 11 powered by HarmonyOS operating system.
However, we’re waiting for more information regarding this launch or its upcoming features.
(via – ithome)