Honda announced that next year it will begin tests of a new micro commuter car prototype that “uses a driver’s tablet for displaying dashboard readings, audio, navigation and images from its rearview camera…” That’s right, your personal tablet will fit into a designated place on the dash and communicates with you all car and driving vitals. The tablet can be charged with the solar panels that will be located on top of the car.
How “micro” of a car are we talking? According to the article, “The prototype is an electric vehicle that seats a single driver and can reach speeds of 80 kilometers per hour, with a range of about 60 kilometers. It is 2.5 meters long, 1.25 meters wide and about 1.4 meters tall.
Honda did say the car can fit very small children in the backseat, but really this car is designed for city commuting because, let’s face it, very small children do not stay very small for very long.
“Honda’s prototype can also be used with its home energy system, which can charge its electric vehicles efficiently but also allows them to function as batteries for home use when they are plugged into a home power grid.”
Honda continues to push the technological and automotive envelope and we can’t wait to see this micro-commuter-computer-car.