Yanfeng has introduced its electric vehicle interior (EVI) concept at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The futuristic vehicle architecture ditches the traditional instrument panel and consolidates all essential features and interior functions into the Smart Cabin Seat, which integrates an active headrest with audio, safety systems, smart surfaces, storage and charging functionalities.
The company’s goal with the EVI and Smart Cabin Seat was to simplify vehicle interiors while retaining expected functionality. The unique module, housing both front seats, an integrated floor console, steer-by-wire input system, HMI, displays, seatbelts, airbags and an HVAC microclimate system, reshapes the vehicle interior.
Years of research on electric vehicle interiors led Yanfeng to focus on three key areas identified by EV owners and enthusiasts: more and distinctive technology, seamless experiences, and a fun and enjoyable driving experience with EVs. The user experience research team at Yanfeng gathered feedback from participants who experienced the EVI demonstrator, highlighting positive responses to the reimagined interior layout and feeling of space.
Beyond enhancing the occupant experience, EVI has the potential to simplify vehicle assembly for manufacturers. According to the company, the integration of all cockpit components into the Smart Cabin Seat streamlines installation, making it faster and more cost-effective than traditional assembly methods.
The elimination of the traditional instrument panel reduces overall vehicle weight and thus lowers CO2 emissions. This design choice aligns with Yanfeng’s sustainability goals, supporting extended EV range and facilitating an end-of-life vehicle (ELV) strategy for easy disassembly and improved vehicle circularity.