The new Honda e urban electric vehicle will feature the Side Camera Mirror System when the car enters production. The company has confirmed that side cameras will replace conventional side view mirrors which will provide live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle.
Honda says the system offers a range of safety advantages.
In a press statement Honda says: ‘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 – an approximate 3.8% improvement for the entire vehicle that benefits the car’s efficiency and range’.
It adds: ‘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’.
Honda’s new compact electric car forms will feature a range of over 200km, ‘fast charge’ functionality providing 80% range in just 30 minutes.
The production version of the Honda e will be unveiled later this year.