Honda E Too Cool For Side Mirrors: Honda
Honda’s new E electric vehicle will be missing a fairly standard piece of equipment when its production variant is unveiled later this year: side mirrors.
Instead, drivers will see whats beside and behind them on the road by way of cameras that provide live footage on two six-inch screens inside the vehicle.
Because apparently for some drivers, turning your head is a little too much work.
Honda said that “the technology, a first in the compact segment, brings significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.”
Honda said the screens were “integrated at either end of the dashboard, ergonomically positioned to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver.”
It argued that the new design was sleeker and meant there were no protruding parts of the vehicle, while “the compact cameras reduce aerodynamic drag by around 90 percent compared to conventional door mirrors – an approximate 3.8 percent improvement for the entire vehicle that benefits the car’s efficiency and range.
“Furthermore, there is a significant reduction of wind noise that is normally generated by side mirrors at higher speeds.”
A major draw card of the system is its safety advantages, with the side mirrors designed to reduce blind spots significantly.
The quirky retro-design Honda E was originally unveiled in 2017 will compete with the likes of the Renault Zoe in Europe when the company starts taking orders in select European markets later this year.
Examples of the Honda E should be silently creeping up on pedestrians in Europe sometime in 2020.