As physical buttons are being systematically wiped out by bigger and bigger touchscreens, downsides and risks are beginning to show themselves in term of safety. It seems touchscreens might not be a very good HMI as long as human drivers exist; the screens appear to take too much time and attention to operate. This serious topic is on the agenda of the upcoming DVN Interior Think Tank seminar, set for 28-29 November in Köln. The whole docket for the event will be published within the next two weeks’ time.
This week’s In-Depth revisits the Vi Bilägare touchscreens-versus-buttons test we reported on last week, with analytical food for thought and improvement planning. We also bring you coverage of lightweighting, an ongoing major challenge for the whole of the automotive industry. We’ve been keeping on top of this for you, bringing endless news on related matters; this week you get information about polyurethane and foam molding; acoustic patch laminates; thin seats; new rear seatbacks and center consoles; instrument panel-airbag integration…a giant diversity of car interior components and areas under detailed scrutiny for mass reduction. Again, it’s a major sustainability topic, and remains on the DVN Newsletter agenda.
Stay tuned, and save the date—again, that’s 28-29 November. Not yet a member? come join in.