New electric car to get cameras instead of side mirrors


Honda is set to become the first brand to replace the mirrors with cameras as standard fitment on a mainstream model.

The soon-to-be-unveiled Honda and electric car will not have regular mirrors, instead fitting stubby cameras on either side of the car that send live images to twin 6.0-inch screens inside the vehicle.

Honda claims the small housing for the cameras with low drag by 90 per cent, in turn translating to 3.8 per cent

There are also two driver-selectable views, normal and wide, providing a wider field of vision than the traditional camera, the latter claiming to reduce blind spots by 50 per cent.

The camera housing has been designed to send water to the lens and is a water repellent coating.

Shift to use cameras instead of mirrors reinforces to trend that has been brewing in the land of concept cars for decades.

The radical Holden Hurricane concept of 1969 had no rear vision mirrors, instead using a rear-facing camera and a rudimentary screen inside the car.

Hundreds of motor show concept cars since have eschewed side mirrors for cameras, claiming efficiency benefits as well as reduced wind noise and styling improvements.

In 2013 Volkswagen released its quirky XL1, which went into limited production with cameras instead of side mirrors.

And Audi's upcoming e-Tron electric SUV is shaping up to be the first production to debut the technology in Australia when it goes on sale in 2020. But the cameras are expected to be offered as an optional extra.

Shifting to side-view cameras is expected to be accelerated as a car-chase efficiency gains in the face of tightening global emissions standards.

The Honda is a pure electric car capable of about 200km between charges.

It was previewed as the Urban EV concept car in 2017 and shown as the Honda and Prototype, the overall design theme of the concept but with smaller wheels and more production-ready elements, such as door handles.

While it has stepped back from the eco technology to the NSX supercar, it has been stepped back from the eco-technology to the NSX supercar, CR-V.

There are currently no plans to sell the Honda and in Australia.



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