Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mitsubishi Electric | posted October 15, 2015 12:51
Mitsubishi highlights more electric tech with roadster concept
With Mitsubishi further investing in electric vehicles, the company will be unveiling their latest EV concept, the EMIRAI 3 xDAS roadster. It will share the stage with the another fully electric concept from Mitsubishi, the eX compact crossover concept.
Its predecessor, the EMIRAI 2 xDAS, first made its debut in the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. For its third version, the EV roadster features Mitsubishi's signature Dynamic Shield in front with a single chrome strip running across the front end. Meanwhile, the fenders enclose the wheels for aerodynamic efficiency and instead of a windshield, it gets a short visor which protects the head-up display.
The main highlight of the concept in the preview is it's technologies. Mitsubishi says concept features the next-generation driving-assistance technologies for for human-machine interface (HMI), driver sensing, telematics, and light control.
For the HMI, the EMIRAI 3 xDAS features a multi-bonding display, it features LCD panels which are laminated and applied with optical bonding processes for high visibility and operability. The LCD panels replace the usual gauges. For better convinience, Mitsubishi placed the panels throughout the driver's peripheral view. As a result, Mitsubishi claims that minimal eye movement is needed when operating the car's infotainment systems. Along with the LCD panels, Mitsubishi has also worked with the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology for its gesture control system.
Minimizing eye movement further is the Combiner 3D Head-up display which provides three-dimensional images of objects up to more than 10 meters ahead of the driver.
For driver sensing technologies, the concept comes with a wearable device that analyzes a driver's physical condition. Co-developed with the National University Corporation Kyushu Institute of Technology, the driver's condition is sensed with a camera and a non-contact cardiograph. If fatigue is detected by the system, the car's infotainment system suggests the driver to take a break and recommends rest stops around the area.