A vehicle’s interior, ideally, is a symphony of design; comfort; convenience; utility, and safety. Active safety is built into the machine that is the car, to limit the likelihood and severity of a crash; very fine. Passive safety, on the other hand, is largely built into the cabin, naturally, as that is the space built around and for the occupants. This week’s in-depth report looks at passive safety technologies and techniques, including business news in that field. And in the Coffee Corner, there’s a perspective on the historical development of passive safety along the century of automotive history.
Car interior architecture and layout are strongly influenced by passive safety regulations; best practices; dimensions, and occupant range-of-position. The complexity of interior design is to comply with all these constraints and still choreograph the architecture; material types and qualities; the functionalities, and aesthetics to create desirable vehicles with an outstanding user experience.
The upcoming DVN-I Workshop will address this constellation of issues in sessions devoted to HMI; ‘smart’ surfaces; safety and driver monitoring systems; interior lighting; comfort and wellbeing, and materials and sustainability, with design a common factor to them all. It’s to be held in Köln on 25-26 April; we’re putting the finishing touches on the plans. Surely you won’t want to miss it; come and register now!