Interior design for autonomous cars

Renault Symbioz interior converts into a lounge-like space

There has been no shortage of recent concept cars imagining how we might travel when fully autonomous cars become a reality. Car Design News commissioned a story looking at the feasibility of some of these ideas, where the vehicle cabin becomes less like today’s vehicles and more like an office or lounge.

I spoke to experts from autonomous technology firms, car makers and their suppliers such as seating manufacturers, to discuss the range of possibilities as well as the hurdles that need to be overcome.

Key quote
“We need to know where the seats are, in what position, so we know when the airbag in the instrument panel needs to go off or not”
Han Hendriks, chief technology officer, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors