NIO Reveals EVE Autonomous Electric Car – Launch Video & Gallery

6 months ago by Mark Kane 9

NIO, announced on the occasion of its prototype car setting the autonomous speed record, its brand vision for the car of the future.

NIO EVE, autonomous vision car of the future

But the bigger surprise was the unveiling of an all-new, autonomous concept car – the EVE.

Editor’s Note: Watch video from the unveiling of the EVE below, as well as a comprehensive gallery

The EVE heralds a production model that NIO intends to introduce on the U.S. market by 2020.

NIO didn’t touch on any technical details or performance; instead it focused on the self-driving capabilities and functionality of EVE – which has reportedly been designed from the inside out, to allow passengers better use of time while driving.

Autonomous driving systems are being developed partnership with Mobileye (of course), NVIDIA and NXP.

“NIO EVE, our vision car, showcases the future of autonomous driving. From daily commuting to road trips, from school runs to nights out, EVE constantly learns about its occupants and their preferences. It is a digital companion, a robot on wheels. At EVE’s heart lies NOMI, an artificial intelligence engine with an intuitive human interface, providing verbal and visual connections both within the vehicle and with the outside world. Nomi uses the vehicle’s active glass to provide an augmented vision for occupants and for new kinds of entertainment.

Doing away with conventional A and B pillars of the car and using optimized door cuts, the comfortable and inviting interior is accessed through a wide forward-sliding door. The fixed seats are belted and positioned to deliver flexibility and an enhanced feeling of openness. In the primary seating area, a discrete folding table creates work or play space, while a luxurious seat that reclines and allows for relaxation or even sleep. The forward two seats, accessed from the main interior, enjoy an enhanced panoramic view, with digital displays provided on the active glass when needed to support non-autonomous driving. EVE is designed from the inside out for autonomy.”

 

NIO EVE, autonomous vision car of the future

NIO EVE, autonomous vision car of the future

NIO EVE, autonomous vision car of the future

NIO EVE, autonomous vision car of the future

Press release:

“Today, NIO, a next-generation car company, announced that they will have autonomous electric vehicles in the U.S. market in 2020. The company also unveiled “NIO EVE” – the embodiment of their vision for the future of autonomous cars.

Padmasree Warrior, NIO, CEO, U.S.

“We’re excited about having autonomous electric cars for U.S. consumers in 2020,” stated Padmasree Warrior, US CEO. “Today we also unveiled our vision for the car of the future, focused on delivering unmatched user experience through leading edge, software defined hardware.” Warrior continued, “In 2015, commuters in the U.S. spent over 8 billion hours in their cars commuting. NIO’s autonomous electric cars will make your journey safe, productive and enjoyable. Our cars will be your companion and will know your needs, they will be a welcoming living space that moves you. We look forward to producing the first of the next generation of cars for the U.S. consumer. We know you will be delighted by NIO.”

INTRODUCING: NIO EVE

NIO EVE, our vision car, showcases the future of autonomous driving. From daily commuting to road trips, from school runs to nights out, EVE constantly learns about its occupants and their preferences. It is a digital companion, a robot on wheels. At EVE’s heart lies NOMI, an artificial intelligence engine with an intuitive human interface, providing verbal and visual connections both within the vehicle and with the outside world. Nomi uses the vehicle’s active glass to provide an augmented vision for occupants and for new kinds of entertainment.

Doing away with conventional A and B pillars of the car and using optimized door cuts, the comfortable and inviting interior is accessed through a wide forward-sliding door. The fixed seats are belted and positioned to deliver flexibility and an enhanced feeling of openness. In the primary seating area, a discrete folding table creates work or play space, while a luxurious seat that reclines and allows for relaxation or even sleep. The forward two seats, accessed from the main interior, enjoy an enhanced panoramic view, with digital displays provided on the active glass when needed to support non-autonomous driving. EVE is designed from the inside out for autonomy.

BLENDING AUTONOMY AND SPEED:

NIO’s EP9 SUPERCAR BREAKS MAJOR LAP RECORDS

NIO EP9

In November 2016, the company unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, which achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12 2016, the EP9 lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record held, making it the fastest electric car in the world. Additionally, on November 4, it smashed the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.

On February 23, the NIO EP9 drove autonomously without any interventions, recording a time of 2m 40.33s at a top speed of 160 miles per hour. The same day, the NIO EP9 also beat the fastest COTA lap time for a production car, achieving a lap time of 2m 11.30s and reaching a top speed of 170 miles per hour.

With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1342BHP. The EP9 accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194mph. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 miles.

MOBILEYE, NVIDIA and NXP JOIN NIO IN THE U.S. AS KEY PARTNERS

Padmasree Warrior also announced that NIO in the United States is partnering with Mobileye, NVIDIA and NXP.”

NIO Vision Car

NIO Vision Car Launch Event

EP9 COTA

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9 responses to "NIO Reveals EVE Autonomous Electric Car – Launch Video & Gallery"

  1. Dav8or says:

    Jeez… anybody that can create a 3D animation can now claim they will have an autonomous driving car they can ride in by 2020. Everything is 2020 now. They have less than three years to get this miracle in non existent showrooms.

    Let me guess, 0-60 in under 4 seconds, 400 miles of range and the highest safety ratings? Something like that Im sure. When can I put down a deposit??!!!

    Seriously, if you’re rich enough to get excited by this “concept”, go buy a Ford Transit van, trick it out to be like your living room and hire a guy to drive you around. Rich people have had autonomous driving for centuries. Do your part for the US economy and stop trying to replace jobs with robots.

    1. JIMJFOX says:

      “stop trying to replace jobs with robots”

      Sorry, mate- you’re p*ssing into the Luddite wind! If robots were not building cars NOW, they [cars, plus many other goods] would likely be far more expensive. Except in slave economies like the garment factories of Bangladesh; are those the human jobs you want to save?

  2. Jake Brake says:

    The car looks pretty “concepty” on the outside but that interior looks like somewhere I’d like to be.

    1. James says:

      Ha ha, yes, “concepty” should be the new vocabulary
      for exercises like this.

      When I hear Elon Musk wax on about Mars and Hyperloops, tunnels from coast to coast and AI that will take over
      our lives, I expect this kind of far off futurist
      jazz from Tesla. But nope, Tesla IS making the future
      with a worldwide fast charging infrastructure and
      real, exciting cars being built as we speak and plying
      the world’s roads in abundance.

      This futurist, concepty stuff just goes in one ear and out the other. Even Mercedes and VW seem addicted to it. Some do it better than others. At least NextEV/NIO
      does it better than Faraway Future! To me, it’s mostly Chinese-backed, or just a bunch of slick sci fi looking
      for very foolish investors.

  3. James says:

    I will grant these guys high kudos engineering-
    wise for the slick one-off supercar and
    the autonomous track work is very impressive.

    One-off engineering exercises are not the future
    of personal transport. They all (meaning Chinese-
    funded larks like these) get ink and attention.
    But I really think they feel they are following
    on Tesla’s success.

    Which is really sad, or funny, depending how one
    looks at it. Trying to create lightning in a
    bottle again.

    Tesla was inspired by an electric sports car
    and the promise of lithium batteries. They
    built a simple sports car, and although it
    was simple, they sold them all and inspired
    the world. Powered by focus, passion, a
    realistic plan and a lot of luck (Fremont plant,
    etc ), they are still alive and growing.

    These wannabes seem unfocused and scattered.
    Faraway Future and their sci fi efforts, and
    stuff like this that seems all over the place.
    Who wants to get all excited over unobtainium
    $1,000,000 supercars and truck-large futuremobiles
    for millionaires?

    Does the Eve have a turning circle of 100 ft.
    or what?

    Model 3 can’t come soon enough!

  4. jim stack says:

    in 2020, lets see I’ll have about 100,000 miles on my Tesla S by then. With lifetime Super Charging too.

    Where would you plug the NIO in while driving across the USA?

  5. Jason says:

    Maybe it will make it or maybe it won’t, doesn’t matter as there are real concepts here that need to be thought about. Do we want another super charger vs Chademo vs CCS situation? They mention a secret language that the cars use to talk to each other. Why secret? Make it open source or a standard so every manufacturer talks the same language, that would be a real vision.

    Electric really will allow different design, and EVE gives a glimpse that this is starting to happen.

    One reclining seat will be a problem. This is a concept, but I needs at least two recliners.

    As for the EP9, running laps to teach the car sounds like just a drive on rails. For me the autonomous vehicle would drive itself around the track and get better/faster each time. That would be impressive, put the car on the track and it works it out.

  6. Huhu says:

    NIO certainly accomplished something,congratulations! I wish them success although Tesla is still far ahead.

  7. JIMJFOX says:

    With her name, she was destined to be at least a CEO. Of something.
    The ‘car’- well, yes it is reasonable to be skeptical BUT at least Nio has the working ‘prototype’ for a more believable EV.