This week’s edition of DVN Interior illustrates the extraordinary diversity of today’s and tomorrow’s automotive interiors. However it might be called—smart cabin, cockpit of the future, third living space—the overall system approach puts central focus on occupant experience, comfort, and safety for tomorrow’s mobility.
To make it happen takes a fast and accelerating stream of innovative technology and technique: Mercedes’ new MBUX with its advanced HMI performance; the Healthy Back seat for VW’s ID.4; Porsche’s double-zone HUD; JLR’s predictive touch controls with gesture tracking; Tesla’s steering yoke and in-car gaming capabilities; ZF’s in-roof airbag for new occupant positions; Faurecia’s sustainable seat, the Geely/EcarX GKUI “Intelligent Cockpit”, SAIC-GM’s injection-molded soft skin, and so many more new concepts that need to be supported by polyvalent engineers.
Traditional engineering sciences like mechanics, thermics, chemistry, electronics, and so on now must be augmented by expertise and experience in software, artificial intelligence, human factors, design, and suchlike.
It’s altogether too wide a field for a single person to master, so engineers of the future need to be trained for all these new topics, and their ability to work as a team is more crucial than ever before—reflecting the electronic “teamwork” they’re building into whole new kinds of vehicle interiors. That’s the key challenge of today and tomorrow, and that’s why DVN-I is here: to help you keep efficient, clear track of the fast-moving state of all these new arts. If you’re not yet a DVN-I member, Join us!