Andreas Brüninghaus Principal expert, haptics and appearance Continental Automotive GmbH Germany
Smart surface technologies add functionality to premium vehicle interiors. They allow seamless symbol integration into the surface. Invisible in the off state, they appear, for example, if approached by hand. This so-called 'disappearing effect' can be realized with real materials like wood or high-value films that imitate real materials, such as aluminum. To understand how the disappearing effect influences user acceptance, we conducted a user study with drivers of upper-middle-class and upper-class cars. This presentation gives an overview of Continental’s smart surface technologies and explains the method and results of our user acceptance study.
Tangible innovation in smart surfaces for automotive interiors
Francesca Perona Chief innovation officer TG0 UK
Smart surfaces will dominate the future of automotive interiors, expanding from dashboards to steering wheels, to seats and beyond. A complete overhaul of sensing technologies manufacturing and integration with new materials, alongside establishing a new paradigm for interactive experience will be required to enable this revolution. Too often design vision and electronic sensors clash, with the latter constraining the delivery of truly human-centred interiors. TG0 develops end-to-end smart surfacing solutions through its patented thermoplastics-based 3D sensing technology, enabling OEMs to unlock new interaction modes, deliver exceptional user experiences and enable better understanding of driver and passengers behaviour while reducing manufacturing costs and footprint.
Omniphobic surfaces: smart interiors for shared and connected vehicles
Dr Eva García-Lecina Director Cidetec Surface Engineering Spain
Autonomous and connected vehicles are driving the transformation of the automotive industry. Shared mobility brings about new challenges in issues of cleanliness, pushing new research on self-cleaning coatings that prevent the generation of static electricity, and clean surfaces that present perfect transparency and hygienic optical appearance insensitive to fingerprints, specifically with the increasing incorporation of touchpanel displays. Cidetec Surface Engineering has developed a disruptive family of coatings that exhibit omniphobic functionality since they repel not only water, oil and organic solvents, but also other matter such as greasy smudges, makeup and natural oils from textiles, plastic, glass surfaces, etc.
14:00 CET - HMI Innovation and Challenges for the Interior of The Future
User requirements of future automotive interiors, HMI and driving experience
Dr Frederik Diederichs Senior researcher Fraunhofer IAO Germany
Future automotive interiors, HMI and the driving experience will be strongly affected by upcoming disruptive changes. The presentation analyzes trends and their impact on human factors in new interior approaches, AI-HMI and steering of highly automated cars. Disruptive changes make it difficult to assess user requirements before market entrance. New user-centered design approaches are presented to meet the customers' sweet spot. Human factors research helps to take the right decisions early in the development cycle.
Less is more? Does less UI in cars make driving safer or harder?
Paul Schouten UX designer TomTom Netherlands
The amount of screens, features & interfaces in a car is increasing the last few years. Often we see this with an increase of distraction which has a great impact on safety. However, more information can also help people in making the right decisions while driving. And people will want to interact with their digital services when they’re in the car. This presentation explores the use of different screens, features & interfaces, in order to find the right balance between UI & safety.
10:00 CET - Exploring Design Opportunities For Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous interiors for autonomous vehicles
Richard Chung Executive product manager Toyota Boshoku Japan
Currently, all the attention on autonomous vehicles is focused on self-driving; but what about the interior? We at Toyota Boshoku feel that the interior functions and features need to work autonomously for the occupants' comfort and convenience and a superb mobility experience. The MX191 concept for the year 2025 addresses this goal holistically, through its uniquely developed six concierge systems that take care of the occupants in the interior space.
Freedoms and potentials in interior design for vehicles of the future
This presentation will explore the freedoms and potentials in interior design for autonomous vehicles in the future, with the human at the center of design development. We will also discuss a project following a show car development, implementing a vision where everything begins with the user. Starting with the human, we move to the seat, followed by the interior architecture, the user interaction and interface, interior elements and finally the overall package.
14:00 CET - Advanced Embedded, Stretchable and Lightweight Electronics
When materials meet electronics: novel frontiers in automotive
Dr Nello Li Pira Head of physical analysis department FCA - CRF Italy
The car of the future will display elegant and ergonomic design with embedded sensors, touch surfaces and biomimetic multi-colored components. Cars will be made more functional and will be based on more intelligent materials: dashboard, central console, knobs, panels, seats, ceiling, armrests, kick plates will be made by novel processes and materials that are more intelligent and customized. All the manufacturing phases necessary for successful integration will be evaluated regarding the materials and processes as well. An example of the application of system integration will be shown, focusing on improved functionalities and complexity.
Enabling lightweight electronic content in cars
Dr Heather Nelson Director of displays and in-mold electronics ESI Automotive UK
The evolving automotive market is driving an increase in the number of electronic parts in vehicles, while simultaneously requiring a reduction in the weight and complexity of vehicle assembly. Technologies such as large displays, in-mold electronics and printed wire harnesses are becoming critical but bring challenges in both design and manufacture. The success of a solution will depend not only on the properties of raw materials, such as films, conductive inks and plating solutions, but also on the process steps, such as printing, forming and molding. The global automotive market is moving quickly, and this presentation will explore some of the solutions that are being proposed.
Integrated future – stretchable printed electronics revolutionize the sensing world
Maria Alm CEO Forciot Finland
Stretchable electronics is a disruptive megatrend that will transform traditional electronics from components-in-a-box into truly invisible electronics that are structurally integrated where needed, for example in car interiors. Stretchable electronics change the technical implementation of automotive interiors with comfort and style, while at the same time enabling advanced end-user experience and safety functions. The use of stretchable electronics is a great opportunity for shared driving and autonomous driving. As a lightweight solution, stretchable electronics is environmentally friendly. Forciot provides complete sensor solutions including sensor electronics, optimized materials and related algorithms, produced via a roll-to-roll manufacturing process.
10:00 CET - HMI & User Interface Technology
Maneuver gestures for partially and highly automated driving
Prof Frank Flemisch Branch head human systems integration IAW at RWTH Aachen Germany
The idea for the Vorreiter/Trailblazer project originated five years ago at an autonomous vehicle conference in Stuttgart; now the final results are presented. Vorreiter developed steering concepts for partly and highly automated cars by using the inspiration of a rider and a horse to provide intuitive steering gestures on the steering wheel or an alternative device, which initiate maneuvers to be executed by the automation, and to be supervised, influenced or interrupted by the driver. RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer IAO, University of Stuttgart, Valeo and Hochschule Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin defined the concept, built up prototypes and investigated the impact.
Carsickness: global incidence, influencing factors and the role of predictability
Dr Eike Schmidt Researcher Ford Research and Innovation Center Germany
As a result of an expected increase in passenger kilometers traveled with higher automation levels, carsickness is gaining more and more attention in the automotive research community. In this talk, an overview of several studies by Ford and its partners will be presented investigating carsickness in detail. Surveys were conducted to get a basic understanding of today’s carsickness incidence, customers’ perception of influencing factors and individual differences. Controlled lab experiments underlined the relevance of motion predictability and the mitigating potential of making motion more predictable. Finally, first on-road trials evaluated an early prototype of a cueing-based carsickness mitigation concept.
14:00 CET - Advanced Textiles, Plastics and Composite Materials
Seamless textile sensing solutions for car seats
João Manuel Carvalho Gomes Chief operations officer CeNTI Portugal
A considerable number of car accidents can be attributed to driver drowsiness. Several studies have concluded that drowsiness while driving contributes to traffic-related morbidity and mortality, and therefore it is considered a public health issue. An effective strategy to prevent drowsiness-related car accidents is to monitor drivers' drowsing state and alert them. The development of a robust, cost-effective, seamless sensing solution for automobile seats is presented here. This innovative solution combines heart-rate and respiratory monitoring through bio-radars with comfort monitoring (humidity, temperature and pressure sensing) to gain a more accurate perception of the driver's state.
PP foams for visible ultra-lightweight automotive interior applications
Georg Grestenberger Application manager automotive interiors Borealis Polyolefine GmbH Austria
Plastics, particularly polypropylene (PP), are a key enabler for lightweight design in cars. The development of alternative car concepts is increasing the need for new, lightweight solutions as weight reduction is directly proportional to range extension. The increasing use of polymeric foams and plastic foam structures is a logical next step. At Borealis Polypropylene, compounds were developed that can be processed into foamed automotive parts for structural but also visible applications, offering excellent surface appearance and mechanical properties, and unlocking additional weight-saving potential for future mobility solutions.
3D printing: availability, independence and innovation
Joachim Kasemann CEO Mark3D GmbH Germany
New technology: 3D printed continuous fibers, enabling composite parts robust enough to replace machined metal. ADAM: the new way of 3D printing metal parts. By printing metal powder bound in a plastic matrix, we've eliminated the safety risks associated with traditional metal 3D printing while enabling new features like closed-cell infill for reduced part weight and cost.
10:00 CET - How Future Mobility Will Shape Interior Design
Designing for emotional experiences
Efrat Friedland Founder Materialscout Germany
We have all seen futuristic interior designs of mobility products. But we have no way of knowing if these designs will indeed be the final product we’ll see. What we do know is who will be using these products. Understanding the future users and consumers will help us bring values to the forefront of our products and brands, to create more meaningful and enjoyable experiences. This lecture will help you understand how to use materials and technologies to create an emotional bond with your product.
The effects of emerging technologies on vehicle design
Carsten Astheimer CEO Astheimer Design UK
Electrification, connectivity, shared mobility and autonomy will all play their part in influencing and affecting the vehicles of the future. They will affect the architecture, experience, functionality and meaning that the future vehicles will have on our society. As society’s needs and desires change, we must use the relevant technologies to not only satisfy those needs and desires but also inspire the next generation in the sustainable mobility solutions of the future.
Mobility needs of older and disabled people
Katja A Rösler Professor of automotive engineering University of Applied Science HRW Germany
Demographic change makes it necessary to pay special attention to the needs of older people in road traffic. On the one hand, a group of the young at heart is emerging. On the other hand, a group is forming who are seriously compromised by restrictions. The second group also includes physically handicapped younger people. The presentation will discuss the needs of this growing group of people, and the steps that are being taken to address them in the area of vehicle interiors. In addition to comfort, this also includes aspects of ergonomics, seat design and the design of displays and controls.
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change