Tech geeks at this year's SXSW festival are able to feast their eyes on a beast of an autonomous car.
The NIO EP9 (pictured below) was one of two autonomous cars on display from electric car maker NIO at SXSW. While the NIO Eve is no slouch (seen below) -- it's a five-passenger autonomous auto set to hit the market in 2020 -- its the EP9 that is the real head turner.
The EP9 recently set a new world record for the fastest self-driving car at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. It achieved a lap time of 2 minutes and 40.33 seconds at a top speed of 160 mph, without a driver. The EP9 accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 miles per hour.
With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 miles.