Chinese electric car startup WM Motor has unveiled its first sedan, called the M7, which is expected to offer an NEDC range of over 700 kilometers and go into mass production in 2022. Among other things, the model is expected to stand out with autonomous driving technology and a correspondingly high computing power.
WM Motor plans to bring the new model to Chinese retailers as a mid-size coupe with a length of 4,930 mm and a wheelbase of 2,918 mm. At this point, the startup is providing as little data on the M7's electric powertrain and charging power as it is on its price. Instead, the unveiling covered a lot of ground on the car's smart capabilities, a trend that was already evident in recent introductions of electric China sedans like Nio's ET7 and Xpeng's P7.
Specifically, the M7 will have up to 32 sensors, including three lidars, five millimeter-wave radars, twelve ultrasonic radars, seven 8-megapixel cameras, four surround-view cameras, and an independent high-precision positioning module. The vast amounts of information from this hardware will be processed in four chips from Nvidia ("VIDIA DRIV Orin-X"), which are said to have a combined computing power of 1,016 TOPS ("Tera Operations Per Second").
The equipment with three lidar systems - a kind of three-dimensional laser scanning - has an impact on the appearance of the e-limousine. Three humps - a more pronounced one in the middle and two smaller ones on the left and right - can be seen on the roof, each of which houses a lidar system. Together, they are said to cover a horizontal detection range of 330 degrees. WM Motor emphasizes that the sensor hardware in its entirety is capable of realizing autonomous driving according to Level 5 in the future. According to the internationally applied scale, 5 is the highest level at which autonomous driving becomes possible in its full form, i.e. entirely without the intervention of passengers.