Along with the development of self-driving technology, interior design also races to timely adapt to future car features. In the near future, self-driving cars or even BMW’s regular luxury cars will use the BMW HoloActive touch system. This is a pioneering system in the automotive industry that allows users to control the entire dashboard with gestures. Physical operations are removed to make room for 3-dimensional display. In other words, BMW customers will be lost in today’s science fiction movies.
The challenge for BMW lies in customer adaptation. Because at the launch of CES 2017, the car company to Germany expects to bring BMW HoloActive touch into mass production in the next 3-4 years. This system also distracts users so it is recommended to go with self-driving cars instead of regular cars.
One of the outstanding interior designs to adapt to this technology is the auto-retractable steering wheel when the car is self-driving. When the vehicle is set to self-driving mode, the steering wheel will automatically disappear to increase space for users.
The challenge of this interior design is how long will it take for users to be able to control the vehicle again? In case of self-driving system malfunction, users will have to immediately control the vehicle with manual mode. But then, the steering wheel will not be able to immediately return to the original position.
In the next 10 years, OLED displays will become popular in automotive interiors. With a great advantage of thinness as well as fuel economy, OLED will be installed anywhere in the cabin compartment to serve the entertainment needs of people in the car.
The challenge of OLED is the high cost and low life expectancy. But engineers confirmed the durability of OLED screens has improved. However, the improvement is proportional to the selling price. Once the car can drive completely, the need to communicate between the front row and rear row passengers will increase. That is the opportunity for the chair designs to rotate 180 degrees in the next 5 years. Even many car manufacturers pioneered a small table in the middle of two rows of seats to serve this conversation.