Preliminary Conference Program

Welcome to the 2020 Conference Program. It is being added to continuously, so to keep fully up-to-date please revisit our website from time to time.

In light of the current global health situation, we have taken measures to ensure the conference rooms are bigger than we need and therefore we are able to fall in line with whatever social distancing measures may be required to make sure we have a safe environment for everybody joining us at the conference.

We have experience of running a show in Europe just before the global lockdown started, and measures we put in place included airport industry temperature monitoring of all attendees before they reached the main entrance, electronic non-contact hand sanitizers and a new, entirely Wi-Fi-based, on-site registration and badging arrangement – that means everything you do at the entrance is on your own smartphone or similar personal device.

In addition, Germany has been a front-runner in Europe during this health crisis, managing its own processes exceedingly well, and the Messe where the event will be held has confirmed it will be open for business and is very much looking forward to hosting us. Full updates on all measures will of course be on our website and news bulletins.

Tony Robinson, Founder Automotive Interiors Expo

Smart Surface Technology, Coatings & Innovation

Fake or real? User acceptance study for smart surfaces

Bettina Leuchtenberg
Senior expert HMI, ergonomics and usability
Continental Automotive GmbH
Andreas Brüninghaus
Principal expert, haptics and appearance
Continental Automotive GmbH
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.

Omniphobic surfaces: smart interiors for shared and connected vehicles

Dr Eva García-Lecina
Cidetec Surface Engineering
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.

Exploring Design Opportunities For Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous interiors for autonomous vehicles

Richard Chung
Executive product manager
Toyota Boshoku
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

Cristián Acevedo
Project leader/UX designer
Studiokurbos GmbH
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.

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
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
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.

Advanced Embedded, Stretchable and Lightweight Electronics

When materials meet electronics: novel frontiers in automotive

Dr Nello Li Pira
Head of physical analysis department
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
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
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.

How Future Mobility Will Shape Interior Design

Designing for emotional experiences

Efrat Friedland
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
Astheimer Design
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
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.

Advanced Textiles, Plastics and Composite Materials

Seamless textile sensing solutions for car seats

João Manuel Carvalho Gomes
Chief operations officer
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
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
Mark3D GmbH
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.

HMI & User Interface Technology

Maneuver gestures for partially and highly automated driving

Prof Frank Flemisch
Branch head human systems integration
IAW at RWTH Aachen
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
Ford Research and Innovation Center
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.
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change