Thirty years ago, visitors to an auto show would have seen dashboards stacked up with dials, knobs, levers, and mechanical pushbuttons. That was how drivers and passengers interacted with their vehicle. No longer! Now this interaction is called the Human Machine Interface, in short HMI.
This week’s in-depth article looks at the growing world of HMI electronics. HMI has become the true center of the interior, making the link between the vehicle’s technology and its occupants—all of them, for control functions are no longer limited to the driver. There’s also a great deal of design and style involved in today’s and tomorrow’s HMI configurations, helping to create the best user experience, and to fit with the maker’s brand and model identity with sleek and elegant æsthetics.
You’ll also find a first piece—stay tuned for more! —on light projection staged around the main screen(s), making the cabin into a sort of IMAX theater.
Following on our multi-chapter “Trajectories” series (final synthesis here), this week we start a new series introducing automotive interiors as an evolution of our habitat in a pandemic which has reconfirmed the human need for freedom of mobility. We’re calling it Car interiors Unplugged.
All these factors and more contribute to the immersive driving experience today’s car buyers seek. Keep up to date with the galloping state of the art with a high-value subscription to DVN Interior.