Xiaomi Car tipped to come with on-board crash detection
One of Xiaomi's latest patent applications pertains to its upcoming line of vehicles, according to a new leak. It states that the IP, submitted for approval to China's CNIPA, is intended to confer an automatic emergency response function on the cars in question.
This system is intended to activate in the event of an "accident" and has 2 levels of response: level 1, which involves sending a pre-set text message to an emergency contact nominated and stored via the car's infotainment system, and level 2, which sends the same message and also calls emergency services using a "voice broadcast".
Accordingly, this Xiaomi Car version of Apple Crash Detection ties in with the systems of sensors and other components that assess a given car's status and structural integrity, as well as its processing platform and software in order to distinguish between "Level 1" and "Level 2" events.
The former include issues such as battery or circuit failure and light damage to the body of the car, whereas the list of level 2 events consists of potentially serious and life-threatening contingencies such as airbag deployment and wheel loss.
On that note, the new patent leak might serve as further evidence of an upcoming Xiaomi E-REV, as "fuel tank leakage" also appears as an item on that list. Then again, there is no evidence that the OEM's inaugural car, provisionally known as the MS11 or Modena, will launch with such a feature.