Visteon uses a Nissan Leaf as the basis for e-Bee concept, completely redesigned cabin with high-tech solutions.
In 2020, your vehicle can recognize when you enter, and immediately adjust the seat and mirrors to your preferences. At the same time, it could open the calendar on a screen, and automatically schedule your destination based on your next appointment. When passengers enter, each area would have access to your audio, and be able to connect your smartphone to car andtablet own Wi-Fi hot spot.
Those are some of the technologies built into the car promises of automotive supplier Visteon concept of e-Bee. The car, based on an electric vehicle Nissan Leaf, has a custom built cabin showing Visteon wide range of electronics and material technologies.
One objective of the concept was to maximize the interior space through a clever packaging of vehicle components. Visteon has created a new climate control component, the combination of heating and air conditioning in a module. As the E-Bee electric motor does not have the component runs completely into electricity. Using a heat pump, Visteon says its technology could increase the range of electric vehicles in cold climates as they consume less electricity to heat the cabin. This module lives under the hood in the e-Bee, freeing up cabin space previously dedicated to air conditioning systems.
In the concept of e-Bee, the driver has three screens. One, taking place on the instrument panel in today’s cars, shows not only the vehicle information such as speed, but also navigation. Visteon said that this display makes it easier for automakers to see the same car in different regions of the world, as it is easier to find software to change the analog meters.
Two capacitive touch screens on either side of the focus wheel of the driver, and eliminate the need for switchgear mounted on the dashboard. In this concept, the screen on the left controls the headlights, climate control and parking sensors, while the right screen provides information and entertainment functions. The e-Bee also uses a screen instead of a mirror, showing a 180-degree rear view.
Call Visteon electronics package inside his midrange platform infotainment. Based on open source software, the system is designed to be updated during the life cycle of the vehicle. In addition to the features found in today’s cars, such as Bluetooth, navigation and digital audio, the system includes Wi-Fi communications and Field Support Center (NFC) for easy handshaking with devices introduced in the car.
The interior surfaces are covered with recycled polypropylene, manufactured and decorated with Visteon processes. The company says that this surface material reduces the weight of current materials.
The concept of e-Bee is designed to function as a personal or shared transport anticipating future scenarios. As such, it would support sharing services and multiple drivers, automatically configured for each driver.
Visteon will display the concept of e-Bee at CES 2013, the week of January 7, CNET where you will get a close look at the car.