Mobility Technology In 2020: Visteon’s e-Bee Concept Car (+VIDEO)
Nissan Leaf-based e-Bee concept car is the last innovation from Visteon, a well-known automobile systems manufacturer. This smart vehicle unveiled at the Electronica 2012 Trade Fair in Munich was designed to display the futuristic vision for mobility technology in 2020. Developers claim, that the most prominent feature of the car is that multiple users will be able to adapt it to their liking: the e-Bee can store numerous user profiles, each user will originally set up the prefered look, color and layout of the digital instrument panels, then save these settings and reload that profile every time the car is driven. The car has three instrument panels, two of which are touchscreens, giving information on vehicle controls and social media connections, and head-down projected main display in front of the driver, showing driving speed. Instead of the rear-view mirror the e-Bee has a video monitor displaying a real-time feed from a 180-degree rear-view camera. A number of clip-on modules comprise cup holders, wireless charging devices, and additional cameras to increase visibility. Another appeal of this vehicle is that each passenger has access to the climate control system via controls in the door panels, enabling them to regulate temperature in their own “climate zone.” The vehicle’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system also includes a gentle air diffusion feature, a cooled rear grocery storage box, and a fragrance diffusion system.