Friday, April 20, 2012

BYD's Qin Electric Sedan gets a Dashboard-Mounted "i" Robot

We thought we were done with our coverage on the BYD Qin concept until its world premiere at next week's Auto China 2012 in Beijing, but the Chinese automaker released two more photos of the pure-electric sedan in which, surprise, surprise, we found a robot lurking on top of the dashboard.

The pint-sized creation is called "i" Robot and it looks like a cross between a Google Android robot and EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) from Pixar's WALL-E film – that or a futuristic version of South Park's Kenny…

The Chinese carmaker tells us that the "i" Robot remains out of sight, hidden under a special compartment on the top of the dashboard until the driver starts the car. BYD added that the robot can communicate with the passengers through voice, movement and by changing its digital facial expressions.

That's all we have for now about BYD's "i" Robot, but we gather the Chinese automaker will share more details next week.

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