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Achieving optimal occupant comfort, safety and energy consumption for autonomous vehicles

Jérôme Regnault
Product marketing engineer
ESI Group
France
With the advent of autonomous vehicles, the interior layout will be completely rethought, and interior components will have to evolve. Indeed, seats will translate and swivel. Such new configurations make standard static climate, thermal and acoustic systems, as well as safety equipment, obsolete. Moreover, new materials and thermal devices will be added in seats. Checking static seating and thermal performances in different layouts with real prototypes could be very long and expensive. ESI is proposing a solution based on virtual prototypes to overcome all the interior challenges of autonomous vehicles. Improve comfort and productivity, and reduce costs and development cycles.

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.

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.

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.

Enabling lightweight electronic content in cars

Dr Heather Nelson
Director of displays and in-mold electronics
MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
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.

Embroidered e-textile for automotive interiors

Melanie Hoerr
Manager technical embroidery applications
ZSK Technical Embroidery Systems
Germany
Embroidery has been a well-established textile decoration technology for decades. Nowadays, it is used to integrate functionalities such as lighting, sensing and operating into textiles. By using conductive threads during the embroidery process, electrical circuits can be integrated into the textile. The embroidery machine creates the electrical connections between electronic parts such as LEDs, PCBs, and microchips and textile sensors or electrodes. Functionality that can be achieved includes the integration of textile sensors (touch, proximity), LEDs for ambient lighting and driver monitoring systems such as HR measurement integrated into the steering wheel.

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.

Accelerating automotive interiors development with 3D printing and Windform materials

Dr Jose Antonio Almenara
AM representative
CRP Technology
Italy
The presentation describes how it is possible to push the boundaries of automotive interiors solutions and launch a revolutionary approach to the industry via additive manufacturing and Windform composite materials. The paper demonstrates how the integration of CRP Technology’s high-performance materials and laser sintering technology throughout design, testing and validation processes is enabling automotive manufacturers to accelerate interiors development. Through the presentation, we will share CRP Technology’s latest challenges and experiences, and discuss technical solutions for the future of automotive interiors based on the newest Windform materials engineered for the manufacturing of 3D-printed end-use interior design.
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