Grupo Antolin has unveiled a new virtual interior concept car called in-Pulse, which the company says represents its North America Innovation Department’s vision of a flexible car interior space.
The concept car is said to offer ready-to-market solutions combined with forward-looking technologies and is based around a proposed electric SUV with Level 4 autonomy.
The concept includes technologies such as active acoustics systems, the projection of information on interior surfaces and personalized functional lighting integrated in the headliner substrate, as well as retractable sun visors that are automatically deployed only when needed.
In-Pulse also features a new generation of air purification systems and sterilization solutions for interior surfaces and personal belongings. Furthermore, it incorporates a DMS (driver monitoring system) and OMS (occupant monitoring system).
Smart surfaces take a prominent position in the concept through a new generation of trim and decorative parts, which the company says bring new options for OEMs’ design studios. For example, capacitive solutions combined with haptic technologies, ambient and functional lighting. The incorporation of morphing surfaces in the instrument panel, floor console and door panel, as well as new morphing cupholders that adapt to all types of beverage containers, have also been incorporated.
With a nod to current consumer demands, the concept also makes use of natural and sustainable materials, including cork, stone, vegetable leather and natural fabric. Additionally, chemically foamed plastics, natural fibers (NFPP) and the use of laser welding to join materials cater for the lightweighting demands of EV manufacturers.