The next big thing in automotive interiors will be aesthetic surfaces that can double as functional controls, says Nathan Bowen at Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems Co. Ltd. (YFAI).
Bowen notes that self-driving cars will usher in an era in which controls for audio, video and other functions don’t need to be relegated to the instrument panel. YFAI’s “smart” surface technology enables designers to incorporate advanced switches, displays and other user interfaces behind a wide variety of materials.
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A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.
The only back-seat driver in designing automotive seats and trim covers is PLM. That’s a good thing.