Autogefuhl is one of the mildest mannered car reviewers on the interweb. The 189cm tall German delivers his reviews in a suave and sophisticated manner that would make a Buddhist and a Monk turn green with envy. However, beneath the effervescent and smoothly cultivated image lies a surge of fury waiting to explode like a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. And during his recent review of the NIO ET7, a premium Chinese electric car brand, Autogefuhl’s road rage was hilariously revealed.
The cause? NOMI. NOMI is NIO’s in-vehicle artificial intelligence, think Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. It’s more playful and presented in digital form as a physical interface with a digital face. NOMI activated every time Autogefuhl used the AutoPilot by exclaiming “Pilot is on!”. This simple notification sent Autogefuhl into full-on road rage. It is unintentionally hilarious to watch.
Anyway, the NIO ET7 impressed and Autogefuhl compared the overall quality to a BMW or Mercedes. Additionally, the NIO ET7 is technically ahead of any BMW or Mercedes electric car in terms of range and efficiency. And it’s cheaper by at least 15,000-20,000 euros. So why are the German car manufacturers behind the electric car curveball? A lack of foresight and vision is the main answer.