Honda's pure-electric hatchback will offer a widescreen display with natural voice inputs, and a digital key to boot.
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Honda has continued teasing its upcoming entry to the world of mass-produced electric vehicles, the E, with details about its widescreen infotainment system.

The hatchback will get a five-screen, full-width digital dashboard powered by what Honda calls the 'AI powered Honda Personal Assistant'. There are feeds for the mirror-replacing cameras on each door at each end of the screen array, while the driver is faced with an 8.8-inch digital instrument binnacle.

Central to the infotainment system is a pair of 12.3-inch touchscreen displays. Honda says the system is "highly intuitive, customisable, and has been designed for ultimate usability".

Depending on what the driver demands, the passenger is able to swipe applications from their screen to the driver. The two screens are able to function side-by-side, meaning the driver can search for a destination using the nav and the passenger can operate the radio at the same time.

As with the latest BMW and Mercedes-Benz systems, the Honda setup will respond to natural voice inputs. Saying 'OK Honda' activates the system, and the brand says it will get to know user demands over time thanks to machine learning.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included, too, and there's an on-board hotspot to allow passengers internet connectivity.

As is becoming more commonplace, owners will be able to use their smartphones to unlock the car as well.

Australia

"We are always looking into what would be right for our customers in Australia from our global portfolio.

"The Honda E is a very special car and so much of what Honda is about in terms of design and technology, however at this stage it is confirmed within Honda globally for Europe only," said Honda Australia general manager of product and communications, Robert Thorp.

"We are looking into a business case for it in Australia but factors such as price, range, infrastructure and market conditions would all need to make sense for our customers."