Try not to cringe as the Faraday FF 91 refuses to cooperate.
Demonstrating new technology to a live audience can be a nerve-wracking experience. Faraday Future learned this firsthand during the reveal of the FF 91. The 1,050-horsepower electric car has been making headlines for its record-breaking performance, but the Chinese startup was also keen to highlight its advanced autonomous capabilities. However, as you’ll see at the 71-minute mark of the 90-minute presentation, when the car finally arrived on stage to an excited crowd the demonstration of its skills didn't go so smoothly.
The FF 91 features “Driverless Valet,” allowing the driver to leave the vehicle while the EV parks itself. If you come home late from work one night the car will park itself in the garage for you. Nick Sampson, Faraday's senior vice president of R&D, invited Jia Yueting, CEO of parent company LeEco, on stage to test the tech.
After an awkward silence, Sampson tried to laugh it off, accusing the FF 91 of being “lazy tonight.” It’s excruciating to watch. To make matters worse, the second attempt didn’t go well either. By dimming the lights, the executives seemed confident the FF 91 would overcome its stage fright. “As a new baby, she's very very timid,” Sampson joked. Eventually, the FF 91 drove a few feet by itself before coming to a stop, not nearly as impressive as the earlier demonstration showing a camouflaged prototype successfully parking itself outside the Las Vegas venue. It’s still impressive technology nonetheless, but there are clearly some kinks that need ironing out before the FF 91 goes into production.