The LeSee Pro concept was supposed to be revealed at an event in San Francisco, but it was declared MIA.
More than 1,700 people gathered to check out the new LeSee Pro concept last night, but when Chinese billionaire and LeEco founder Jia Yueting showed up, the car wasn’t there. The original plan was to have Jia inside the electric vehicle and have the concept’s onboard cameras, radars and sensors do all the driving to show off the LeSee Pro’s autonomous driving capabilities. The concept was part of a presentation showing an extensive array of products, ranging from new smartphones and 4K TVs to a VR headset and a so-called “smart bike” with Android integration.
Speaking through a translator, the man in charge at LeEco told the media “It shouldn't be me running out here, we didn't have any other choice” and “what we wanted is me in the car, and the autonomous car drives me out.”
The reason why the concept was a no-show at the event in San Francisco is because the LeSee Pro is currently stuck in London filming for Transformers 5. They simply didn’t have the time to bring the car to U.S. for its official reveal, so instead they decided to show the LeSee concept (pictured here) originally unveiled back in April at an event in Beijing.
Very little is known about the new concept, but LeEco says it’s a “stunning vehicle” featuring autonomous technology developed in collaboration with Faraday Future and Aston Martin. The company goes on to specify the electric concept’s advanced driverless tech boasts “machine-learning of facial, emotion, system and path recognition.” It’s also being described as the “ultimate mobile device” by keeping those inside the car connected to the Internet at all times.
Speaking of Faraday Future, which is a Los Angeles-based startup also controlled by Jia, the company has announced plans to introduce its very first production car in January 2017 at CES where it will likely show an all-electric SUV to take on the Tesla Model X.
Source: LeEco via Reuters