Meet Mitsubishi Electric's latest concept, complete with augmented reality.
Not everyone is aware of this, but Mitsubishi Electric is a separate division from Mitsubishi Motors. Quite obviously, it specializes in electronics, like refrigerators and air conditioners. But as we continue to see a fusion of cars and advanced electronics, it makes complete sense for this division to build a concept car. Meet the Emirai 4 concept, which will make its debut later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show, alongside the e-Evolution concept. The future of mobility clearly involves electronics, and this concept is full of them.
For starters, the Emirai 4 is a pure electric vehicle that’s capable of being driven by a human being or going completely autonomous. The interior features a head-up display that incorporates augmented reality using a high-accuracy locator combined with 3D mapping and positioning technology. There’s also a knob-on-display, described as "an intuitive sliding knob that enables drivers to operate various functions without taking their eyes off the road." Another feature is a so-called Crossed Images Display: a half mirror with a diagonal LCD panel and vertical virtual image from another LCD panel that provides a clear 3D image of the environment around the vehicle.
And here’s the cool but kind of creepy technology: driver sensing. There’s a wide-angle interior camera that monitors both the driver and front passenger by detecting their head postures to alert potentially dangerous driving behavior. Safety first? Yes. But knowing the car’s computer is constantly looking at you? Creepy. Lastly, there are sensors in the car body that can detect when a door is about to be opened. Once that happens, the sensors activate an illuminated indicator that’s projected onto the road surface and another on the car itself, making it easier for other vehicles and pedestrians to see that a door is about to open. Of course the Emirai 4 won’t make production, but a lot of its technology could one day.