As we progress toward more automated and connected vehicles, new usage scenarios are creating new comfort needs, and in parallel creating new cabin safety challenges.
In this fourth issue of DVN-I, we present an in-depth look at seat comfort, combining ergonomic improvements mostly linked to new development tools and adaptation to various usage scenarios, and expanding comfort to wellbeing within the larger scope including audio, thermal, and other ancillaries.
More technology load within a vehicle creates more distraction potential and more cognitive load on the driver—and that’s in addition to old, longstanding issues like the sleepiness that can creep up on a long-distance driver. The optimistic perspective is that AVs will reduce crashes until they’re a very unlikely occurrence, but the reality is more nuanced and complex; for one thing, traffic will contain a mix of variously-autonomous and human-driven vehicles for at least half a century! So, in this issue of DVN-I we are focusing on safety needs for this challenging evolutionary period.
Of course, you’ll also find variety in the interior news we present; there’s coverage of new generation mirrors, HMI at the steering wheel, hologram-controlled audio, and new vehicle interior first-takes. And we’ve got news about GM’s Super Cruise, AV partnerships between automakers and the digital world, automatic shuttles, and more.
Next week we will publish our first full-length DVN-I Report with a complete summary review of the automotive interior shows and conferences from the first half of this year, presenting all trends driving this industry.
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