Mitsubishi’s subsidiary has announced the first details about a futuristic concept car it plans to reveal in front of the worldwide audience of the Tokyo Motor Show, starting October 27.
It’s called the Emirai 4 and it’s clearly just a design study – showcasing the company’s upcoming electric, connected, and autonomous technologies, as they are designed and developed to “help reduce traffic accidents and contribute to increasingly safe, convenient, and environmentally friendly transportation.” The first release doesn’t mention the exact type of electric powertrain, but there’s information on other tech features. For example, the heads-up display comes with augmented reality and makes use of a high-accuracy locator combined with high-accuracy 3D mapping and positioning technology. The system can show the driver and offer directions even in bad weather and other low-visibility conditions, according to the carmaker.
The concept doesn’t come with regular mirrors, instead providing a “crossed images display” function with “clear 3D images of the environment around the vehicle and easy-to-see alerts in the form of vertical images.” The driver is also watched via a wide-angle camera, which alerts “potentially dangerous driving behavior” and ensures “safe and smooth switchover between automated to manual driving.” The system can even control the audio and climate settings to provide the optimal ride for passengers. There’s also an interesting “knob-on-display,” which gives access to various functions without distraction via a special sliding knob, located at the base of the infotainment system.