Happened to stump upon the Honda Insight yesterday on the net and was really caught on by how futuristic and advanced the driving cockpit has evolved.
Honda Insight is a hybrid car, meaning it has a small 1.3 lit 4 cylinders engine but at the same time, a small electric motor powered by a battery pack. This pack is recharged by the main engine whenever there is excessive power or during braking, thereby reducing energy loss.
The interior of the Insight is like a cross between Civic and Jazz. See the pictures below and you will know.
Honda Jazz / Fit
See what i meant?
The dashboard is very packed with a lot of information. For instance, the speedometer at the top glows in green backlight when the driver is light-footed and cruising, turns blue when there is hard acceleration or when the driver is not really driving the economical way.
The display below the speedo is divided into a few sections. The left gauge tells if the car is charging the battery or being assisted by it. A green plant icon above it lets you know the car is running in “Econ" mode. The middle display also shows many different information, all to help the driver be as economical as possible. Very interactive.
The center display tells the RPM and other information. A gauge in the form of half or full leaf icons will tell you how good (economical) driver you are. Five leaves and you are saving fuel, one leaf and you sucks.
I feel the dashboard display has really brought us one step closer to those we see in anime. See the video below and you can see that the car talks back to the driver as well.
I used to have a dislike for hybrid or electric cars. I feel that they lacked the character of pure internal-combustion engine cars, especially when electic cars have gone completely without the use of petrol. However, with the dwindling oil supply, hybrid or electric cars maybe the way to go. I am very pleased to see Honda make the transition easier. This car is really something to consider if i were to change my car in the future. And if the official numbers are to be believed, this car can easily hit 21km/lit, very appealing if pump price increases in the future.