prototype, described as a 'tripmate' or travelling companion, displays
the following features:
conversant with the very latest computer and communications
technology that makes information, communication and entertainment
at all times;
to use because it makes use of new, user-friendly technology that
offers help discreetly without getting in the way;
forward-looking ability to help the driver keep an eye on the road
and other vehicles and warn of the onset of dangerous situations.
This car sees
from another angle, i.e. it sets out to avoid an accident, not to
minimise damage once an accident has taken place;
Lancia determination to use an incredible distillate of
sophisticated technology for a single purpose: to ensure maximum
the satisfaction of a relaxed drive.
Lancia Nea carries on the down-to-earth approach first introduced with
the Dialogos. In other words, it is not a prototype in the sense of a
purely theoretical exercise or a Motor Show dream car. Instead it
embodies a whole set of solutions that could be produced on an
industrial scale and are destined to appear on standard production cars
sooner or later.
the Lancia Nea is a working prototype that can show all its new features
Lancia Nea is the product of a new design discipline that believes cars
should interact with their drivers without trying to take their place,
i.e. they should serve them as an on-board assistant without ever
getting above themselves. Such cars are becoming increasingly human: at
least in their relationships, ease of communication and simplicity of
concept car was developed by listening to users who are demanding more
interactive cars that are in constant communication with the world in
these days of the Internet and WAP technology. The Lancia Nea puts to
rest the old idea of a car that is sealed like a pod and introducesthe
idea of a car that communicates with the outside world.
you forget your smart card, you can always contact your car and make it
open its doors by simply telling it your personal code. You can ask the
Nea to do things in your normal voice as though you were talking to a
friend: call John, turn up the stereo, display a map of Birmingham on
the screen, increase the temperature because I feel cold, reconfigure
the control panel (the outside lights and windscreen wipers are
controlled by a dusk sensor and rain sensor respectively). Due to the
use of voice commands, all buttons and other elements that could
distract the driver or make life more complicated are kept to a minimum
on the Nea. The only thing you can see is the control that operates the
voice commands. Those who prefer manual controls can use the touch
car uses these devices to avoid accidents in extreme situations. The
Lancia Nea brakes automatically if the driver is no longer able to
intervene in time or, if insufficient space remains, steers to right or
left to avoid the obstacle.
front radar supports an adaptive cruise control, i.e. an automatic pilot
that shares the task of driving. The device relieves the driver of the
task of having to adjust car speed continually though he or she is able
to take back control of the car at any time. The driver sets a speed and
the car maintains it automatically, while also ensuring a safe distance
is left before the car in front.
Lancia Nea's adaptive cruise control can also be used in town traffic.
It will even work when driving in the sort of queue (involving
continuous stop and go driving) typical of such situations.
designers have also provided a lane maintenance device to ensure a safer
drive. The system continuously applies a steering torque to ensure the
car stays in the correct lane. The driver can overcome this force easily
when he decides to make a voluntary lane-change.