The model will be built on Geely's SEA architecture and feature six Eye-Q5 system-on-chips (SoCs).

Zeekr deepens partnership with Mobileye, aims to deliver L4-capable autonomous vehicles by 2024-CnEVPost

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Zeekr, Geely's premium electric vehicle (EV) brand, announced today that it has expanded its strategic partnership with Mobileye, an Intel-owned self-driving technology company, with the goal of delivering the world's first L4-capable consumer autonomous vehicles by 2024.

The model will be built on Geely's SEA architecture (Sustainable Experience Architecture) and feature six EyeQ5 system-on-chips (SoCs).

Zeekr didn't release any more details, but the teaser image released by Mobileye suggests that the model is likely to be an SUV.

Zeekr deepens partnership with Mobileye, aims to deliver L4-capable autonomous vehicles by 2024-CnEVPost

Previously announced information shows that the EyeQ5 chip is based on TSMC's 7nm FinFET process and has a single chip computing power of 24 TOPS. This means that 6 EyeQ5 chips have a total computing power of 144 TOPS, the same as Tesla's Autopilot HW 3.0.

For reference, Zeekr's only model currently on sale, the Zeekr 001, is equipped with two Mobileye EyeQ5H chips and has an overall computing power of 48 TOPS.

NIO's two sedans, the ET7 and ET5, use four Nvidia Orin SoCs for a total of 1,016 TOPS of assisted driving.

The partnership reflects on 35 plus years of automotive R&D and manufacturing expertise from Geely, as well as Zeekr's ambition to provide an industry-leading autonomous driving solution for its users, Zeekr said in a press release.

"Our partnership supports Zeekr and Mobileye’s shared ambitions for leading the global ADAS and AV industry. Zeekr welcomes open collaboration that enables the integration of technological expertise to create a more sophisticated autonomous mobility experience for our customers," said Andy An, CEO of Zeekr.

Mobileye and Zeekr are aligned in their vision for the future of mobility, and the latter's confidence in Mobileye as a technology partner demonstrates its ability to execute on common goals and further solidify industry leadership, said Ammon Shashua, Mobileye's president and CEO.

Zeekr was officially established in March 2021, and on April 15, Zeekr's first model, the Zeekr 001, was unveiled, a renaming of the model previously known as the Lynk ZERO.

It is available in three models with a price range of RMB 281,000 ($44,100) - 360,000. The model has the fastest 0-100 km acceleration time of 3.8 seconds.

Zeekr delivered 3,796 Zeekr 001 units in December, up 88.7 percent from November, according to figures it announced on January 1.

Zeekr made its first delivery of the Zeekr 001 on October 23, after taking 199 deliveries in October and 2,012 in November.

In a research note sent to investors on Monday, Deutsche Bank analyst Edison Yu's team updated what they see as the most promising Chinese EV startups, keeping NIO, XPeng Motors, Li Auto, kicking out WM Motor, and adding Zeekr and Hozon Auto.

Yu's team believes that Zeekr has a well-thought-out strategy and ample backing to potentially disrupt China's premium market along with NIO.

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