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)
SAIC launched world’s first Huawei AR-HUD equipped Feifan R7 smart car
The wait for a new and super-agile smart car is over! SAIC Automobile cooperation has finally launched the world’s first Huawei AR-HUD-equipped Feifan R7 pure electric vehicle. Besides, there are some more new tweaks, hidden in the backseat of this car.
So let’s make a good tour of the new functions and pinches of this smart automation!
SAIC Group has launched a total of four Feifan R7 models with the Huawei AR-HUD system. This is a medium-to-large-sized SUV with a measurement of 4900mm in length, 1925mm in width, and 1655mm in height. It also has a wheelbase of 2950mm.
In terms of charging power, the company has implied a 77kWh and a 90kWh battery in its car models. These offer a cruising range of 642km. It also equips the Snapdragon 8155 processor with Premium 4D imaging radar.
And let’s not forget about the Huawei AR-HUD system which is the largest field of view. It supports immersive visual interaction and helps the driver to stay in connection with both surroundings and the automation.
Speaking of the design, the Feifan R7 features a streamlined fastback structure with a sports car-level wide-body layout. It also showcases a multi-dimensional sensor-oriented smart cabin. Further, there is a 43-inch wide-format true color triple AMOLED-based screen with a central control panel.
It also carries supercomputing driving chips and a full-stack high-end driving system. Ultimately, these features are quite enough to boost the driving experience of the user from zero to a hundred level.
Price of the new smart car
The subsidy cost of these vehicles varies from 289,000 to 356, 900 yuan [39,894.54 -49,144.80 USD] . Meanwhile, the vehicle-electric separation mode carries price tags from 205, 900 to 256, 900 yuan [28,423.92 – 35,464.32 USD].
However, users who will select the 90kWh battery in the vehicle-electric separation mode have to pay a monthly fee of 1560 yuan [215.66 USD]. Whereas, users with a 77kWh battery will give a monthly rent of 1260 yuan [174.18 USD].
BMW digital key feature now supports Huawei and other mobile brands
Today, BMW Group of automobiles has shared some official as well as beneficial information. Finally, the company has decided to expand the BMW digital key feature to several mobile phone models including the Chinese tech giant – Huawei.
Up to this point, the auto company has brought the feature only on the massive Android and iOS platforms. But now, it’s time to stretch the roots of the respective function to more surface, and let everyone enjoy the benefits.
According to the information, BMW Group will introduce the digital key function to Huawei, Honor, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and other brands in November this year. Apart from the devices, the digital key also supports 10 BMW models, including the latest BMW 3 series, the new BMW 5 series, the pure electric BMW iX3, and more.
BMW Digital Key Feature
Concerned with the feature, the BMW digital key option is quite simple and easy to operate. As the name reflects, it usually works for opening the lock of the automation. All you have to do is, place the upper side of your phone close to the sensor on the driver’s side door handle.
Once the user completes the digital key activation, he/she won’t require the internet connection to unlock the door or start the vehicle. Besides, even the low battery of your handset won’t be able to affect the BMW digital key function.
As of the implementation, BMW digital key uses NFC technology (Near-field Communication). Additionally, it also incorporates hardware security and software regulations to toughen the protection of the BMW vehicles. Alongside this, it also takes care of the user’s data by adding security chips to cars and phones.
Apart from the NFC-oriented feature, the cooperation has also made efforts in launching the UWB (ultra-wideband technology) digital key. It’s a short-range digital radio tech that generally covers high-security scenarios. With such a feature, users can enter in their car without using their handsets.
The UWB function will mainly rely upon BMW iX. It allows the user to perform several functions. Further, it automatically shifts to the NFC mode when it enters the low power form.
A lot of things are waiting at the other end of this year, Let’s see what we get in our Huawei and other mobile devices.
World’s first Huawei AR-HUD SAIC Feifan R7 to launch on September 27
Huawei is familiar with providing car solutions across the globe. Day by Day, the demand for HarmonyOS or some other solutions is rising among auto cooperations. In the latest tweak, the SAIC brand is going to launch the world’s first Huawei AR-HUD-equipped Feifan R7 SUV model by the end of this month.
Before jumping onto the details of the device, let’s understand the main component of this agile device – the Huawei AR-HUD. Since it is one of the most advanced and tech-pack car solutions, it’s important to learn what this element will offer to automation.
The term AR-HUD indicates Augmented Reality Head-Up Display. Ultimately, the respective technology projects virtual images into the driver’s field of view (FOV). This action enables the person to keep their head up and remains focused on the road ahead.
The main function of the tech is to offer a fully secure and safe environment in the car. You can easily concentrate on the road without diverting the focus to other elements of the vehicle. All you have to do is feed all the information in the FOV.
SAIC Feifan R7
Speaking of the new model, the SAIC Feifan R7 equips the world’s first Huawei Vision Enhancement AR-HUD head-up system. Consequently, this builds up the RISING MAX 3+1 huge screen system. This system consists of a 15.05-inch AMOLED ultra-clear screen that delivers a 2.5K resolution, an 8155 chip, an instrument screen of 10.25-inch and a co-pilot screen of 12.3-inches.
Further, the car also implies components like a LUMINAR 1550nm highly-effective laser radar with a farthest detection distance of 500 meters. Besides, there are two Premium 4D imaging radars and four enhanced versions of far distance point radar, 12 ultrasonic radars, 12 8MP lenses, 1 centimeter-level positioning system, and 1 DMS in-vehicle driver status monitoring system.
As for the external part, the smart vehicle showcases a wide-format true color triple screen. Besides, it has two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions. It installs ternary lithium batteries with 77kWh and 90kWh capacity. In total, these batteries can cover more than 600km.
The intelligent vehicle furnishes a frameless induction electric switch door. On the other hand, the company has wrapped the front and back seats in NAPPA leather, making them more versatile and convenient for users. As per the info, the car will take place on the ground by September 27 with a price of 250,000 yuan [35,919.02 USD].