ZEEKR brings in OTA and chassis updates for the 001


Less than one year since its first 001 electric vehicles (EVs)  were delivered to customers in China, ZEEKR has announced an array of OTA upgrades for the vehicle, which relate to driver comfort, cockpit interfaces and smart driving technologies. Geely-owned ZEEKR has also announced a host of hardware improvements to the body and chassis of 001 for the 2022 model year.

ZEEKR says the 001 is the world’s first production car equipped with two 7nm autonomous driving chips, embedded within a complete visual fusion sensing system to enable the 001 to self-adapt autonomously at speeds of up to 130kph. During testing in closed environments, ZEEKR says it has found that the updated 001 will automatically slow when it detects pedestrians or non-motor vehicles approaching. The 001 will also automatically detect hazards such as open car doors on the path ahead or trucks approaching close by, and turn its wheels slightly to avoid a possible side collision.

The latest upgrades also include a high-performance 8155 Snapdragon microchip, which optimises more than 200 key items of user control functions within the cockpit.

ZEEKR’s new intelligent driving system enables users to switch between different driving modes and it also has a distributed traction control system, designed specifically for pure EVs. This system includes signal transmission and a processing rate claimed to be 10-times faster than most existing systems, bringing computing down to milliseconds. This computing speed improves acceleration performance by 31% on harsh road surfaces, or in snow and ice conditions, whilst increasing the maximum controllable concerning speed. The updated driving system will give users the option to switch between rear wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and real-time adaptive four-wheel drive systems, depending on the road conditions.

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