... except for making all of the controls touch screens.
Physical knobs and buttons are more performant, more useful and more expensive. LCD screen are not a luxury - they are the opposite of luxury.
Scratch that, I'd also hate not having a HUD in front of me, it would more then make up for the lack of a dashboard IMO.
But yeah, a few basic controls for eg. for AC and oh.. a PHYSICAL BUTTON TO OPEN THE GLOVEBOX? :)
Anything that the driver won't use while the car is in motion or the passenger wants to play with can be touch-screen, or VR, or gesture-driven, or activated by thinking happy thoughts. That doesn't present a safety hazard.
I really wish Audi/Benz/BMW would treat electric cars more seriously, and not as PR projects like the i3 or e-Golf.
Also the R8 isn’t a hypercar, that’s more like a McLaren P1 or Porsche 918.
Also, the koenigsegg hybrid uses the paddles to control things other than the gear (Since AFAIK it has a CVT)
And thats without running heaters, AC or lead-foot-itis (I average 275 Wh/mi in my Focus EV, but can push 300 if I'm aggressive).
It's not the most efficient EV on the market, but to say that efficiency is very low, especially compared to a Model X, would be a gross misrepresentation.
Whether or not they're "better" depends wholly on what your metrics are and their relative importance. If you care about cost or reliability beyond the warranty period then it's not gonna beat a traditional mirror.
You could easily implement a bunch of little luxury feature type things with virtual side mirrors, like show a line where the vehicle will go (like a backup camera), dim them at night, point them more inboard and low when reversing, etc. If they ever find their way onto a Land Rover or Jeep I can see them having a "rock crawl mode" that points the camera where needed for visibility. Personally I don't think those sorts of things are important enough to justify the cost.
Formula 1 still uses everyday side view mirrors. Those cars are at the pinnacle of technology and engineering. So if there was ever a case to decrease the drag coefficient F1 cars would be the place.
I just don't think side mirrors contribute that much to be worth replacing them with a camera based system.
F1 is highly restricted as to what they can and can't do as far as vehicle design. If the class rules said they needed to tow a parachute they'd tow parachutes. They would be highly aerodynamic parachutes but parachutes nonetheless.
F1 also doesn't care about cabin noise. Mirrors cause a fair bit of cabin noise.
>I just don't think side mirrors contribute that much to be worth replacing them with a camera based system.
Me either, but through a combination of people at various levels responding to incentives here we are.
300 mile WLTP range and £32k cost.