Honda e prototype car offers dual 12-in screens for driver and front passenger
The new Honda e electric vehicle features dual 12.3-in touchscreens, for use by both driver and passenger. The interface features familiar smartphone-style usability, with swipe controls to browse recently used applications.
The driver and passengers – whether the car is driving, parked or charging – can enjoy the same connectivity and comfort with connected services accessed through a full-width digital dashboard.
"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.” explains Kohei Hitomi, Large Project Leader, Honda e. “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 Honda e’s full-width digital dashboard is designed for app, five neatly integrated high-resolution colour screens together occupy the entire width of the car’s interior.
Side Camera Mirror System screens are ergonomically placed at either end of the dashboard to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver, while the Centre Camera Mirror System display relays the image from a central rear-facing camera, further increasing the driver’s field of vision.
An 8.8-inch TFT meter instrument display in front of the driver presents key vehicle information including power and charge status, drive mode selected and safety feature details.
The largest area of the Honda e’s full-width digital dashboard is occupied by dual 12.3-in LCD touchscreens. These are the primary infotainment displays, presenting a range of apps and services.
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.
When the vehicle is parked – including when charging – occupants can also watch video content and access the internet on their own mobile devices using the Honda e’s Wi-Fi hotspot.
The production version of the Honda e will be unveiled later this year.