Nio is one of the most promising new EV carmakers. Before the ID.R broke the EV Nürburgring Nordschleife record, it was held by the Nio EP9, for example. Despite original solutions, such as the swappable battery pack, it knows Tesla is the model to follow. Perhaps this is why it offers a Nio Pilot, as an assisted driving system reminds us of Autopilot. Now the Nio Pilot offers a “comprehensive, level 2 autonomous driving system”. 

That was achieved, according to the company, with seven new features, among which the company highlights a Highway Pilot, a Traffic Jam Pilot, and an Auto Lane Changing (ALC). The operation system of the car, called Nio OS – what else? –, has also been updated to a 2.0 version.

Nio states that “the research and development of autonomous driving technologies are absolutely vital” to the company. Possibly because, like Elon Musk with Tesla, they also intend to make the ES8, the ES6 and the future vehicles sold by the company “appreciating assets”.

NIO ES6 production

Besides following Tesla’s steps, Nio has more serious matters to solve, such as the recent recall on 4,803 ES8 due to a problem with their battery packs. They can burst into flames if not duly corrected.

The company also has plans to become a global brand, according to an interview its CEO, William Li, gave Automotive News. Wisely, Li says he first has to make his company competitive in its home market. Which happens to be China, currently the biggest in the world.

Doing well in China can provide Nio the necessary strength to compete in other markets, such as Europe and the US. At least if it manages to do so before Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory 3 starts production. Considering the construction pace, Nio will have to be fast. Very fast...

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NIO Updates Level 2 Advanced Driving Assistant System NIO Pilot

June 10, 2019 – Beijing, China – Today, NIO announced an update to NIO Pilot, the advanced driving assistant system (ADAS), adding seven features. At the same time, the company announced the NIO OS smart operating system was upgraded to NIO OS 2.0, and unveiled a new user experience (UX) vehicle interaction and user interface (UI) design.

The NIO Pilot update adds 7 features including Highway Pilot, Traffic Jam Pilot, Auto Lane Changing (ALC) and more. The update marks the transformation of NIO Pilot into a comprehensive, level 2 autonomous driving system, offering advanced driving assistance. As a key strategic focus, NIO will continue to develop core technologies, with autonomous driving algorithms, foundational software, ADAS and other technologies being developed jointly by NIO teams in the United States and China.

‘‘As a smart electric vehicle brand, the research and development of autonomous driving technologies are absolutely vital to NIO. It is only through progressive research and development and mastering core technologies, that we can more quickly respond to user feedback and quicken the pace of product iteration. In this way, we can offer users an experience that exceeds their expectations,” NIO’s Vice President of Autonomous Driving, Jamie Carlson stated.

The NIO OS 2.0 smart operating system is a comprehensive optimization based upon user feedback. Better UI design, UX interaction, and richer content all provide users a more pleasant digital experience. More screen gesture operations have been added so that most operations can be completed through gestures alone. The NIO smart operating system now integrates rich third-party content such as Baidu Maps, QQ Music in addition to NIO Radio, NIO’s online audio community.

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