Interior concept for autonomous cars: contactless interaction

Interior concept for autonomous cars: contactless interaction

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

New forms of mobility such as autonomous driving, carpooling and car sharing are expected to thoroughly changing the car interior. If the activities associated with driving a car are partly or completely eliminated, the driver can devote this time to other activities. Therefore, according to the ideas of technology pioneers, the interior of the future must offer a multitude of different application scenarios. Intuitive, interactive and convenient concepts that regularly focus on the user experience are playing an increasingly important role. For this reason, Yanfeng’s “Smart Cabin” is pursuing the approach of an intelligent passenger compartment in which functional surfaces, health and wellness functions and connectivity can be seamlessly integrated into the interior in the future.

“As interior experts, new mobility services such as autonomous ridesharing present us with enormous challenges – but also the opportunity to be creative and create something new,” explains Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer at Yanfeng Technologies. “With ‘Active Space’, we give travellers the opportunity to interact with the vehicle and breathe life into our vision of the Smart Cabin”.

How this technology vision can look in the Smart Cabin concept for fully autonomous vehicles will be demonstrated by Yanfeng in the XiM2020 concept car at the current IAA vehicle show.

“Active Space” shows a comprehensive experience that sensor technology and surface integration could offer in future interiors. Installed in the rear of the passenger compartment, Active Space gives passengers the opportunity to create a feel-good atmosphere through playful interaction. The intuitive and interactive sensor solution is based on the interior design and intelligent surfaces of Yanfeng and IEE’s sensor technology: A near infrared stereo camera serves as input device and monitors the vehicle interior, the software of the Smart Cabin Controller steers the light experience on the translucent textile surface based on the analyzed movements in real time. With Active Space, Yanfeng aims to create a tailor-made human-machine interface (HMI) solution that is seamlessly integrated into the interior surface.

In the XiM20, the intelligent surface also switches to four different modes depending on the situation. For example, there is a blue “Energy” mode and a violet-orange “Relax” mode. If the UV surface disinfection is activated, the system shows a blue bubble structure, in stand-by mode the surface remains white. Active Space can also be configured with customer-specific designs.

The combination of sensor technology and an intelligent surface should enable the traveller to interact intuitively with the vehicle. In a further step, the control of individual operating functions, such as setting the audio system or air conditioning, via Active Space would also be conceivable, the company said.


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