CASE, for Connected-Autonomous-Shared-Electric, is the automotive trend buzzword for where the industry is going. C for connected is more and more true with 5G, OTA, and online services popping up every day. A for autonomous is still a question mark, but gradually increasing automation is confirmed with ADAS, including DMS for Interior. S for shared…well, the pandemic has slowed it down, but MaaS will happen as soon as city regulators forbid private cars in city centers. E for electric is going now beyond expectations, with many automakers claiming they’ll offer only electric new cars by 2030-2040; Chinese NEVs and makers blossoming like cherries, and the gamechanging Ford F-150 Lightning reveal last week. The F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 39 years, and this newest direction is the beginning of the end of that truck as a symbol of an old petrol world.
CASE drives new usages and new human-machine relationships. More and more, the interior is a mobile habitat with all it represents in term of amenities, features, and technologies. In response to these strong trends, we’re putting together a DMS (Driver Monitoring System) session for the DVN Workshop planned for September 21-22 in Novi, Michigan and online.
IAQ (Interior Air Quality) is another topic taking high importance in a post-pandemic world. We’ll focus our next DVN-I Report on IAQ; watch for it this summer.
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