Honda is on the forefront of putting more screens in production EVs.
Honda just released more details about the five-screen, full-width digital dashboard in the Honda e, which is promised to deliver advanced connectivity experience.
The two side screens are for Side Camera Mirror System (standard). Then, starting from left, there is an 8.8-inch TFT meter instrument display in front of the driver and two 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens for infotainment.
* There is also a sixth display – the Center Camera Mirror System, which can show images from a central rear-facing camera.
Kohei Hitomi, Large Project Leader, Honda e explains:
“Our objective for the Honda e was that the simple exterior style continues inside. The overall interior atmosphere combined with exceptional comfort by using familiar materials such as wood grain and textured fabric, is reminiscent of a modern living room.“In this modern, relaxing environment, occupants can effortlessly engage with advanced connected technology such as the camera mirror system and dual touchscreen display that is highly sophisticated, but incredibly easy to use.”
The Japanese manufacturer says that such a layout is designed for effortless usability of connected apps and services.
“The largest area of the Honda e’s full-width digital dashboard is occupied by dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens. These are the primary infotainment displays, presenting a range of intelligent applications and services. This sophisticated interface is highly intuitive, customisable, and has been designed for ultimate usability to elevate the car beyond being a means of transportation to become fully integrated into the owner’s modern connected life.
The interface features familiar smartphone-style usability, with swipe controls to browse recently used applications. Content can easily be swapped across the two screens, enabling the driver to utilise content on both screens with simplicity and ease. This function allows the passenger to swipe content such as navigation instructions into the driver’s eye line. And because the dual screen set-up allows two applications to be displayed side-by-side, the driver and front passenger can independently select and view separate apps. For example, while the driver follows navigation instructions, the front passenger can search for a music playlist.”
The other important parts of the overall package are Honda Personal Assistant, activated by saying, “OK Honda”, seamless smartphone mirroring, via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and remote access of some features through a smartphone.
Hopefully, over-the-air updates also will be included as it would be a shame to not further develop such a system over the years.
Honda e Prototype specs:
- over 200 km (125 miles) of range in an undisclosed test cycle
- 35.5 kWh battery (liquid cooled)
- battery cells supplied by Panasonic
- rear-wheel drive
- electric motor: 110 kW (150 PS) of power and over 300 Nm of torque
- fast charging (CCS Combo 2) to 80% in 30 minutes
Gallery: 2020 Honda E prototype
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