From the beginning of our posts on the Mio, it was clear that, while imagining a car you can call yours, most participants expect an urban vehicle used on a daily basis. Such a car should maximize internal space, and at the same time be small enough as to give way to the new traffic solutions. See how many ideas are available for the key word compact.
The tendency nowadays is for gadgets to integrate more and more all the available functions into one system only. The function of media player for example is now more than ever consolidated into modern cell phones.
The car of your dreams must show evolution interfacing driver and passenger. Aside from the growing everyday commodities, the driver should be able to switch the functions and commands on and off with a minimum interference with that which is fundamental: the steering wheel.
Laptops have passwords and, electronically speaking, know the habits of the user. Cellular phones are now connected to the web, with added navigational functions that orient those in need. How about integrating all of the above into one vehicle?
Have you ever noticed a car approaching with out having to look, simply by its roaring sound? In electrically run cars, the principle of sound emitted by the burning fuel would in theory, no longer exist, leaving the streets rather silent.
As with laptops that suddenly freeze or cell phone which stop working, most car owners want to understand what is happening to the car. We need a diagnostic system that is more elaborate, interactive and wastes less paper.
The Mio must foment, whenever possible, the use of recycled or natural materials, and substitute metal for plastic and/or other lighter recyclable materials. However, how open is the public for such a car?
Developed in the aeronautic industry where it now leads the way, the Drive by Wire has substituted mechanical devices and stick shifts for electro-hydraulic systems with artificial sensitivity. Thus, it is possible to give room and revolutionize automobile controls in order to give multiple configurations.
When information is projected onto the wind shield, the HUD reduces the chances of a driver of taking his or her eyes off the road. This technology has been available on airlines for a while now, and restricted to only a few top of the line cars.
Most participants in the Mio poll suggest updates in order to continue with modern and attractive vehicles over the years. This would mean more available modules ready to be installed in your car. Is this possible?
Drivers with special needs depend on adapted vehicles. And most senior citizens don’t benefit from the ergonomic facilities offered in Japan. New technology such as drive by wire can help with the development of an interactive control, capable of adapting to the different necessities.
As a compliment to the already existing electronic systems for brakes, traction and stability, the use of cameras, radars and optic sensors that monitor traffic surrounding the vehicle, are now being implemented, anticipating potentially dangerous situations.
In order to manufacture more viable electric cars or equipped with alternative energy, functional refueling stations should be readily available. A wide range of fueling systems is now being implanted around the world, and perhaps will take over the now existing conventional gas stations.
While the automobile industry has been developing sensors that monitor the proximity of vehicles and obstacles, experimental satellite navigational systems providing information between cars and roads are being developed. Thus, it would create a systematized traffic flow where the driver would no longer have to drive the car, but simply indicate the desired address.
Biometry analyses and recognizes the physical characteristics of the driver. Therefore it can also analyze the state in which the driver is in at a particular moment (tired for instance) and automatically block the system as a prevention measure.
Incentives to install breathalyzers in vehicles before permitting ignition, have been taking place in Japan and the United States. This controversial measure has divided those who find it indispensable and those who feel it is unnecessary.
Many new models have eliminated the use of spare tires in order to provide more space, lighter cars, and consequently, fuel economy. Furthermore, most people don’t adequately care for their spare tire, making it useless in an emergency situation.