It’s loaded with innovations that rely on automotive electronics hardware and software.
Take for example a Tactical Table. Located in the center of the cabin between the four seating positions, the touch-screen Tactical Table is a new information system that makes connected car technology an interactive experience available to everyone inside the vehicle.
When the driver or a passenger places their smartphone on the Table they can create, collect, exchange and/or share information with others using the Concept GC-PHEV’s onboard communication system.
Then there’s the AR Windshield – AR for augmented reality. The windshield relays critical information in the driver’s line of sight across the windshield without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road. Information projected onto the windshield can include:
• Satellite navigation-based drive route guidance
• Distance to vehicle ahead
• Lane Departure Warning alerts
• Vehicles/pedestrians in blind spots
• Caution Tracking information that includes vehicle-to-vehicle communications
Beyond those two innovations is a plethora of safety features: Rearward Blind Spot Vehicle (or Pedestrian or Cyclist or Obstruction) Warning; Pedestrian Collision Mitigating Auto-braking that uses both radar and camera-based systems; Unintentional Vehicle Move Off Control, which uses a camera and sensors to detect the mistaken or unintended use of the accelerator instead of the brake, and Driver Monitor, which uses sensors in the steering system and the driver’s seat, as well as a camera in front of the driver to monitor the driver’s alertness. The list goes on.
Good News for Home Appliances
As its initials imply, the Concept GC-PHEV is a plug-in hybrid vehicle, and Mitsubishi says its main drive lithium-ion battery pack can act as a mobile power source for home appliances in the event of a power outage. The 100 volt AC onboard electrical outlet can deliver an external power supply of up to 1500 watts of electrical energy.
Using the energy stored within a fully charged lithium-ion battery pack alone, the Concept GC-PHEV can supply the equivalent of a day’s worth of electrical power consumption to the average household. With a fully charged battery pack and a full tank of gas to recharge the battery when necessary, the advanced PHEV drivetrain can provide nearly two weeks (13 days) of emergency power to the average household.
A car is no longer just a car, and the future is closer than we might think.