CES 2020: Byton shows the “production ready” M-Byte

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Byton trotted out a near-production version of the M-Byte crossover at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, exactly two years after the Chinese startup first debuted its ambitious concept.

Byton trotted out a near-production version of the M-Byte crossover at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, exactly two years after the Chinese startup first debuted its ambitious concept. This time around, the M-Byte is what the company calls “production ready,” and although it’s the same car we saw last September at IAA in Frankfurt, Byton’s execs tell us there have been extensive upgrades behind the scenes.

“Since Frankfurt we have been showing some new use cases,” Byton’s VP of design Benoît Jacob told us in Las Vegas. “Now we are about teaming up with the right partners and creating more functionalities.” Some of those partners include ViacomCBS for video streaming, Travel for online trip booking, and XPeri for digital HD radio and DTS connected radio. 

Dre Nitze-Nelson, Director of Future Digital Product Experience, gave us a demo of some of the M-Byte’s new bits, including a Star Wars-inspired space game and Cinema Mode, which displays movies across the M-Byte’s expansive 48-inch screen when the car is parked. An office mode allows users to access PowerPoint presentations and other documents, as well as participate in video conferencing.

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