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This week we continue our review of the Frankfurt motor show in the Design Lounge with a focus on VW ID3, a big EV introduction milestone from a leading mainstream automaker. Attendance figures have now been released: this year’s show had 560,000 visitors, compared with 810,000 in 2017. That’s more than a 30% plunge, and it probably portends a radically different event in the future—or none at all, as we’ve known it. It probably means automakers and suppliers will scatter their new vehicle and innovation introductions in many different, smaller, or even private exhibitions, reinforcing the value of DVN-Interior to report interior news from many different locations.
We’ve got an in-depth article today on smart interior surfaces. New use cases driven by ACES vehicles, new occupant positions, and a plethora of new features reinforce the need to use any and every surface and to manage the increasing complexity of interaction with the vehicle. That’s now being done through smart surfaces combining aesthetics and functional capabilities through integration of design, materials and electronics…and DVN-I looks at it through a variety of interior-focused lenses.