Faraday Future At CES 2017: Super Electric Car Revealed; Malfunctions

Jan 04, 2017 07:20 AM EST | Lasitha

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Faraday Future's big reveal was the talk-of-the-town for a while now. The first production car, the FF91, was unveiled and it was truly over-the-top in many ways. The company showed further signs of its weakness when the company's main Chinese investor pressed the button to prompt the car to park itself and absolutely nothing happened.

A few minutes before that, the company had shown off a live video of a camouflaged prototype parking itself in the lot outside the venue in downtown Las Vegas. When the similar function was tried on-stage, in front of hundreds of on-lookers, the FF91 shied away.

"As a new baby, she's very very timid," said Nick Sampson the vice president of engineering. After a short while, the car began to inch across stage with no one in the driver seat. However, the damage that it had done earlier cannot be undone yet, reported BBC.

While on-stage, the car went on the fritz in front of Jia Yueting, founder of LeEco, billionaire, and FF's main investor. Many of the questions about FF stem from Jia and his undefined control over the California-based company. The car failing to operate is a moment rife with corporate symbolism. The company was not able to shake off all the negative publicity that it received, reported CNET.

After the event was over, Sampson tried to explain why the car failed. "It's a complex situation," he said. "We knew there were technical challenges. If you look up at the roof of this building, there's a lot of structure up there that inhibits some of the signals the car needs to be able to self drive."

Based on a previous report, a reporter asked if the car was being operated via remote control. It was earlier reported that LeEco used a remote control to operate its LeSee concept car. "If it was on remote control," Sampson scoffed, "then the person controlling it would have corrected that."

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