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.
In the cramped context of big cities today, when parking cars in narrow positions, drivers have to turn a lot. For some inexperienced drivers, it can cause cars congestion together, even collisions with cars parked next to them, causing damage. Today, this has been further improved by auto parking assist technology.
The auto parking back-up technology is designed to make driving easier and increase the value of modernity and utility of the car. The operating principle of this technology takes place as follows: when the driver starts activating the automatic parking function, the central electronic computer will gain control of the steering wheel.
Through distance measuring sensors, the car will automatically move to the appropriate position. The central computer will determine the steering wheel rotation angle to control the vehicle back into the parking spot. This automated system also helps to avoid colliding with surrounding vehicles.
There are many automated parking technologies. There are cars that use signal transceiver sensors mounted around the body. The others use cameras mounted in the front and rear of the car or radio radar technology to receive feedback signals, identify location of obstructions, …
Whatever technology is used, the final results are the same. The central computer will determine the position of parked cars, the size of the space and the distance to the curb to control the vehicle back to the parking spot for it. If only parking assistance was previously available in a space between a row of cars parked parallel to the curb, now it is possible to park on the voids that are not parallel to the curb.
It’s like cross-frames in a parking lot, then backing up in a position perpendicular to the curb, when there are 2 cars parked on either side. Not only will the vehicle be perpendicular to the tail, but it will also drive the whole vehicle into a position that is perpendicular to the roadside.
Maserati Levante cars are sold poorly ,more than 3,000 workers in Italy may lose jobs. With sales of Maserati Levante company in decline, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said it would have to temporarily lay off 3245 workers in early 2019.
Levante is the first automobile manufacturer in the history of more than 100 years of the brand bearing the trident symbol. The sedan and sports coupe are considered maserati, but the new modern car is a fertile segment, picking up money for car manufacturers in recent years. Therefore, the appearance of Levante is a necessary piece for Maserati.
The union of this automobile group was informed about that new decision recently. According to a report by Autonews, this decision will take effect on January 1, 2019, when 2445 employees will have to cease work, followed by another 800 people quitting before March 4.
The other information also shows that the layoffs for the factory in Italy will continue until the end of 2019. The laid-off workers will still receive wages but that is lower than when they are still is the worker of that factory. This money is funded by the Italian government and the FCA.
Other workers will also participate in training courses on electric and hybrid drive systems, because the Mirafiori plant is ready for EV production by 2020 and the new Fiat 500e will be assembled on site. With around 5,000 employees, the Mirafiori facility is Fiat’s oldest factory in Italy and has not benefited much from the global recession in 2018 and 2019.
This is where The Punto, Panda first generation and Alfa Romeo MiTo ever assembled, but the only car currently assembled here is the Maserati Levante automobiles. Maserati’s first SUV sales fell 24 percent in the first 10 months of Europe to 3777 units, while sales in the United States fell 14 percent to 4205 units.