And it is aiming for Tesla
While Tesla clings onto EV dominance, more competitors are creeping out of the woodwork, and we're not talking about big players such as GM and Volkswagen, but more obscure brands from China such as EV upstarts Aiways, and Weimar Cars. Weimar already has four models under its belt, including the M6, a Tesla Model Y competitor which the company claims is China's first mass-produced self-driving vehicle with OTA upgrade technology. Weimar Cars has been making bold claims about its car's self-driving capability, and its latest model, the M7, is claiming to be a level 5 capable car. We all know that fully-autonomous cars are coming soon, but are Weimar Cars jumping the gun?
The M7 was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show last year, and despite minor styling changes, has entered production looking more or less the same as the concept car. The exterior of this Chinese EV features an attractive front LED strip, and in typical EV fashion, lacks a front grille. The sleek side profile flows into a neat rear-end that houses another strip of lights and a prominent diffuser. The interior is also of a very clean design, and includes a horizontal infotainment screen similar to that of VW's digital cockpits. The rest of the cabin takes on a minimalist approach which we appreciate.
Powertrain info isn't readily available, but we do know that the M7 has a claimed range of over 435 miles. Weimar Car's claim that the M7 is level 5 capable is backed up by four surround-view cameras, 12 ultrasonic radars, three LiDARs, seven 8-megapixel cameras, 5 millimeter-wave radars, and one high-precision positioning module. Powering this advanced system are no less than four Nvidia DRIV Orin-X chips. This all sounds fine and dandy, but Weimar simply states that this enables the M7 to achieve level 5 autonomous driving, and there's no proof that it has actually achieved this. So what we have here are more bold claims of autonomous driving cars, but no real-world proof.