Honda is working on its strategy to feature electrified technology in all cars it sells in Europe by 2025. The automaker will unveil the production version of the Honda e later this year. But before that, the company has confirmed that the Side Camera Mirror System seen on the prototype version of the new Honda e urban electric vehicle will be standard when the car enters production.
The technology, according to the company is a first in the compact segment, and brings significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.
The Side Camera Mirror System replaces conventional side view mirrors with compact cameras providing live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle. These screens are integrated at either end of the dashboard, ergonomically positioned to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver.
Unlike conventional side mirrors, the cameras are contained within the width of the car and do not extend beyond the wheel arches. As a result, not only is visibility improved, but also the compact cameras reduce aerodynamic drag by around 90% compared to conventional door mirrors
According to the company, the optimal positioning of the Side Camera Mirror System cameras delivers a host of safety advantages. The driver can choose between ‘normal view’ and ‘wide view’ via the vehicle settings, extending the field of vision further than with conventional side mirrors and reducing blind spots by around 10% in normal view and approximately 50% in wide view.
Further benefits are experienced when reverse gear is selected, guidelines appear on the side view screens in addition to an enhanced camera angle, expanding visibility. Brightness levels on the interior displays are automatically adjusted based on the prevailing light conditions.
Extensive testing and development have been undertaken to ensure the Side Camera Mirror System delivers superior visibility in poor weather, low-light and night-time conditions with no dazzle or glare. This provides drivers with greater clarity and awareness of surrounding objects than conventional side view mirrors in all conditions.
As reported, Honda e will be launched by the end of this year but the reservations for priority order of the Honda e are now open in selected European Market like UK, Germany, France and Norway on the Honda national websites.
Source: Press Release