The Weltmeister W6 was spied in China with the LIDAR sensor on the roof. It will get the same autonomous driving system as the Weltmeister M7. Its key features are three LIDAR sensors and NVIDIA’s Orin X chipset for 1,016 TOPS. The W6 with LIDARs will debut at the 2022 WM Motor Tech Day later this month.
What is Weltmeister W6?
The Weltmeister W6 is an all-electric compact SUV from WM Motors that hit the Chinese market in April 2021. Its dimensions are 4620/1847/1730 mm with a wheelbase of 2715 mm. The W6 has a single electric motor on the front axle for 160 kW (218 hp) and 225 Nm. It is available with ternary (NMC) batteries for 520 km and 620 km range (NEDC). The Weltmeister W6’s price range is 189,800-259,800 RMB (28,740-39,315 USD). The major competitors of the W6 are Aiways U5, GAC Aion V Plus, etc.
The Weltmeister W6 With Three LIDAR Sensors
As we have already mentioned, the W6 will get the same autonomous driving system as the M7. We can see one LIDAR sensor on the top of the roof and two LIDARs on the front fenders. There also is a trinocular camera arranged above the roof LIDAR. And the M7 hasn’t got this camera.
Worth mentioning it is just a test car, so all the sensors and cameras look very blocky and awkward. There are also some extra sensors that monitor the work of the autonomous system.
This self-driving system debuted in October 2021 with an impressive number of 32 sensors, including 3 LIDARs, 7 8-megapixels cameras, 12 ultrasonic radars, the positioning system module, etc. As for hardware, NVIDIA Orin X chips power the system.
A single Orin X chip has a computing power of 254 TOPS. And the Weltmeister system can be equipped with chips at the same time. So the total computing power can reach 1,016 TOPS. In comparison, the Tesla Model 3 got only 144 TOPS.
The Weltmeister W6 with LIDARs will debut at the 2022 WM Motor Tech Day this month. The Weltmeister M7 will also debut on this date.