Honda Confirms Side Camera Mirror System for Upcoming EV
Honda's plans for the upcoming electrified era goes beyond swapping out internal combustion engines with large batteries and investing in EV charging networks. For the Honda E, the automaker will replace traditional side mirrors in favor of small cameras and internal monitors.
Called the Side Camera Mirror System, the cutting-edge feature is confirmed for the production version of the EV. The auto brand is currently preparing to showcase an updated model of the electrified car later this year. Unfortunately, the Honda E's side cameras will not be available in the US due to conflicting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Such driving components can be found on the 2019 Audi E-tron and the Lexus ES.
Side Camera Mirror System
Drivers of the Honda E can choose between the following views: normal and wide. Both viewing configurations were developed to boost visibility and decrease blind spots. In normal mode, blind spots are reduced by 10 percent. When wide mode is selected, drivers experience up to 50 percent less blind spots. To prevent collisions when backing up, the monitors provide images of the back (in reverse gear).
"The Side Camera Mirror System replaces conventional side view mirrors with compact cameras providing live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle. Integrated at either end of the dashboard, these ergonomically positioned screens ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver," said the automaker.
In order to withstand constant exposure to water and debris, the cameras are protected from outdoor elements. The lens is reinforced with a water-repellant layer; and the curved shape of the device prevents water droplets or excess moisture from accumulating on the surface. The cameras are also marked with an orange safety light.
The car manufacturer's decision to replace side mirrors with compact cameras for the Honda E supports several performance-enhancing features. With reduced protrusion, the company was able to decrease overall aerodynamic drag by 90 percent (compared to standard side mirrors). This translates to increased efficiency for the EV, by roughly 3.8 percent. Additionally, when traveling at fast speeds, the EV experiences less wind noise. Slide-out door handles contribute to the aerodynamic benefits of the mirrorless car.
Developers also carefully designed the interior monitors to ensure maximum comfort. The screens automatically adjust brightness levels, depending on the EV's lighting conditions. Such feature actively decreases the creation of glare, which can affect visibility and lead to eye strain (if left unaddressed).
Lastly, the monitors are carefully positioned, so that drivers do not have to spend time adapting to the Side Camera Mirror System. The tilt of the screens closely mimic conventional side mirrors available in most vehicles on the road today, allowing individuals to quickly glance at the monitors with ease.
"The percentage of head movement required to look at the screens is almost identical to traditional side mirrors, as they are placed in just a slightly different place. Therefore, the angle of movement of the head would be made by a similar neuro pathway," highlighted Honda.
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