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[YesAuto New Energy] “It's not an exaggeration to describe this update with surprises,” a NIO owner wrote in the NIO App. As the first OTA upgrade in 2021, NIO recently introduced the NIO OS 2.9.0 version system to users (click here for details), including the newly added “Vision Fusion Automatic Parking System” and “Vehicle Close Call” Practical configuration, in addition to optimization of a number of functions. Next, the editor will take everyone to experience the main highlights of this new system, and at the same time “translate” what the “surprise” is in the mouth of the car owner.

It should be noted that in the NIO OS 2.9.0 system, 2 represents the annual major version, 9 represents an important upgrade, and 0 represents a minor version optimization. Therefore, this OTA upgrade is an important upgrade.

● OTA upgrade is more worry-free:

When it comes to surprises, first of all, there has been a qualitative improvement in the experience of OTA upgrades. Throughout the upgrade process, the owner’s mobile app will continue to receive push notifications until the entire OTA upgrade process ends. “No more sitting in the car and waiting for the download to finish like before, or even waiting for the blue update button, sometimes you need to wait until late at night, but now it's a lot more'decent'.” Weilai owner said.

● More intuitive and easy-to-use automatic parking:

Automatic parking has now become a standard feature of many models, but it is not easy to make a good user experience, and the focus of Weilai’s upgrade is on the user experience. At the hardware level, in addition to the use of ultrasonic sensors, the latest cameras are integrated around the body to perceive the surrounding environment, thereby greatly improving the recognition ability and success rate of parking. Officials call it “visual fusion fully automatic parking” system”. So, what is unique in the user experience?

First of all, the operation to use this function is very simple (the same as before). You only need to enter the parking image interface and open the parking space search. However, it should be noted that the vehicle speed needs to be kept below 18km/h. When a free parking space is identified, select the parking space you want to park in, and then click the upper left corner to start parking. At this time, release the steering wheel and brake to start parking.

Judging from the preliminary experience results, this automatic parking system is simple and easy to use, and the display interface is clear and clear, even novices can quickly get started; in the parking process, it can realize on-the-go steering, from making the whole process more smooth, Naturally; after parking, you can see that the vehicle is located in the center of the parking space, and the overall experience is basically the same as that of manual parking (even better than manual). We also recorded a video, please click below to view:

It can be seen that this visual fusion automatic parking system has a very clever “brain”, and the overall user experience is still very good; but occasionally because of “vision” (ie camera) problems, such as when the parking space is shaded At this time, the system will misjudge that there is a vehicle in this parking space. In addition, although some too small parking spaces can be identified, the system will also choose to actively abandon parking, and the overall logic is more conservative.

● Simple but practical vehicle call function:

In fact, the vehicle call function is not a rare configuration. Some models of Tesla, BYD and other brands also have this function, especially Tesla, whose recognizable range can reach more than 60 meters, and can control the vehicle to go straight and turn. . Let's look at the new vehicle call function added by Weilai this OTA. The farthest recognition range is only 3 meters, and it can only control the vehicle forward and backward. It can be said that the function is very “basic”.

But think about it carefully, what is the scene where we use the summon function every day? It is nothing more than that when the vehicle is parked in a small parking space, it needs to move a certain distance forward or backward to facilitate the driver and passengers to board the vehicle. And like the scene that Tesla previously advertised, such as the owner of a remote control vehicle driving to his side when it is raining, although it is “cool” enough, it is not a high-frequency use scene.

The steps to use the close call function of the vehicle are also very simple. You only need to carry the key with you, keep it within 3 meters of the vehicle, and then turn on the “call button” in the NIO App. After starting, the vehicle will be unlocked and light up with double flashes, and then long press and hold the forward or reverse button in the App interface to control the vehicle to move forward or backward in a straight line (speed of about 1km/h).

However, it should be noted that this function does not control the steering of the wheels; in addition, in some extremely narrow parking spaces, the owner can turn off the side collision detection, but the vehicle will ignore the obstacles within 30cm of the side of the body after it is turned off, so when you use it Watch out for objects on the side. We have also taken the experience video of the vehicle call function, please click below to view:

  The “Queen's Co-pilot” experience has been upgraded:

Imagine if you have an appointment with a female partner and want her to experience the “Queen's Co-pilot” with confidence, but you find that the female partner is not familiar with how to adjust the seat. Before, you may need to “nag” to teach her to use it, but now You can adjust it with the help of the central control screen. Does this look very elegant and gentle? And when driving, the 0-100km/h acceleration performance of the car in 4.9 seconds is likely to make the female partner feel motion sickness and discomfort. If you adjust to this option of 9.9 seconds, the gentle and linear power output believes that the female partner treats you. The goodwill will also increase greatly.

Safely “jumping” even in D gear

I believe everyone will have encountered this kind of scene. Sometimes when getting out of the car in a hurry, they often forget to put the P gear and “snatch the door out”, and the car will continue to slide forward. The safety of passengers or passersby is threatened. This upgrade of NIO optimizes the practical logic for the vehicle to actively pull on the electronic handbrake and engage the P gear in unconventional scenarios such as when the driver forgets to engage the P gear (and does not turn on the AUTO HOLD) when leaving the car.

Judging from the experience results, this set of logic is still very rigorous. Both actions of unlocking the seat belt and opening the door must be performed at the same time to stop the vehicle and turn on the electronic handbrake. This is also in line with the user's “urgent” getting off the car scene. In addition, this feature has also been praised by the owners of Weilai: “Mom no longer has to worry about jumping off the car when I forgot to switch the P gear.”

To the end:

In general, although the NIO OS 2.9.0 system version released by Weilai this time does not have particularly heavy new features, it has been continuously optimizing existing features to bring users a better experience. This is in fact also Very commendable. Just like Apple's new product launch, although every time I was complained about no revolutionary products, it is in fact a breakthrough to achieve the ultimate user experience of ordinary functions. I think the same is true in the automotive field. (Photo/Text/Photo by Hou Minghao, Car Home)