The auto industry’s transition to self-driving cars will bring a huge change in the way vehicle interiors are designed.
For one thing, occupants won’t necessarily be seated upright and facing forward, notes Nicholas Petouhoff, executive director of advanced product development at seating supplier Adient. That means today’s airbag and seatbelt systems won’t be as effective, for example.
Petouhoff says the first examples of next-generation interior design and safety systems will hit the market in the next 3-5 years. Click HERE to learn more about what Adient has in mind.
Plenty of interior components are injection molded. But some companies—such as VW—are using a process for trim pieces that both mold a component and cover it in fabric in a single molding process. And it is coming to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
Airbags are seemingly everywhere on the interior of vehicles. But what about on the outside? One day we could see them there, too.