From the latest developments in smart surfaces and cutting-edge materials, through to the best user experiences and HMI developments, Automotive Interiors Virtual ‘Live’ (December 1 & 2, 2020) will feature two full days of lively debate and creative thinking, with speakers from leading organisations such as Continental, Ford and Toyota Boshoku, among others.
Participants can expect a highly rewarding and insightful exchange of ideas, with live interaction and networking fully enabled and encouraged during the virtual event, which is completely free to attend and takes place online for maximum convenience. Here’s just a few of the highlights in store:
Fake or real? User acceptance study for smart surfaces
Continental Automotive GmbH‘s Bettina Leuchtenberg (pictured), senior expert HMI, ergonomics and usability, and Andreas Brüninghaus, principal expert, haptics and appearance, will underline how smart surface technologies add functionality to premium vehicle interiors, allowing seamless symbol integration into the surface, remaining invisible in the off state, until they appear, for example, if approached by hand. They will explain how this so-called ‘disappearing effect’ can be realised with real materials like wood or high-value films that imitate real materials, such as aluminum; and how the disappearing effect influences user acceptance, following a user study with drivers of premium and prestige cars. Overall, participants will gain an overview of Continental’s smart surface technologies and exclusive insights into the method and results of its latest user acceptance study.
When materials meet electronics: novel frontiers in automotive
Nello Li Pira, head of the physical analysis department at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ respected CRF (Innovation Research Centre), will make the case for a car of the future displaying elegant and ergonomic design with embedded sensors, touch surfaces and biomimetic multi-colored components. Cars will be made more functional and will be based on more intelligent materials: dashboard, central console, knobs, panels, seats, ceiling, armrests, and kick plates will be made by novel processes and materials that are more intelligent and customized, he will argue, while evaluating all the manufacturing phases necessary for successful integration regarding materials and processes. An example of the application of system integration will be shown, focusing on improved functionalities and complexity.
Car sickness: global incidence, influencing factors and the role of predictability
Autonomous interiors for autonomous vehicles
Richard Chung, executive product manager, Toyota Boshoku, says that currently, most of the attention on autonomous vehicles is focused on self-driving – with the interior often neglected. However, he will show how Toyota Boshoku is working to ensure interior functions and features also work autonomously for the occupants’ comfort and convenience, to deliver a superb mobility experience. He will show how the MX191 concept for the year 2025 addresses this goal holistically, through its uniquely developed six concierge systems that take care of the occupants in the interior space.