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China's LeEco Challenges Tesla with Semi-Autonomous Electric Concept Sedan

Posted July 01, 2016 11:30 AM by Jordan Perch

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors continues to get new challengers with each passing day. The latest Tesla fighter comes from China, courtesy of a company that unlike other Tesla challengers, is not an established automaker.

LeEco, a Chinese consumer electronics giant, primarily known for making smartphones and smart TVs, has unveiled a concept for an electric car that will aim to dethrone the Model S as the world's most popular electric vehicle. But, LeEco has gone one step further than most companies looking to rival Tesla Motors, as it has developed an electric car with autonomous capabilities, which truly sets it apart from the competition.

Aiming to Disrupt the Electric Car Industry

At an event in Beijing, LeEco showed an all-electric four-door sedan concept called LeSEE, with the SEE acronym standing for Super Electronic Ecosystem. Although it is not a production version, at first glance, the LeSEE has what it takes to threaten Tesla's dominance, provided that it keeps all the features it currently has when it enters production.

The LeSEE has a few distinctive features on the outside. It is equipped with “suicide” rear doors, along with an LED screen on the front, that can display a wide variety of functions, and can be used as a headlight or turn signals, among other things.

The car's interior is quite extraordinary, as well. It is filled with several features that are supposed to reflect the company's superiority in the field of digital technology, including a couple of touch screens on the dashboard. Also, the steering wheel folds away when autonomous mode is activated, so that there is more room for the driver to sit back and relax.

The car was announced by the company's CEO, Jia Yueting, who summoned it remotely via voice command, as he had the LeSEE roll down the stage after exiting a shipping container all by itself. Then, Yueting ordered the car to go in reverse, before finally having it park itself.

Platform for Autonomous Taxis

The voice command capabilities that the LeSEE is equipped with, are among the things that might give it an edge over the Model S. Tesla's sedan can also be summoned, but only through a smartphone app, so LeEco's technology based on voice controls is more sophisticated and advanced.

This type of voice control is part of LeEco's plans for launching an autonomous taxi fleet, which is something that many automakers and tech companies are working towards. With this in mind, it's obvious that the Chinese company intends to become a global powerhouse in the future driverless car market, joining the ranks of Google, Tesla Motors, and several traditional, more established car manufacturers.

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