LAS VEGAS – Futuristic vehicle cockpits will be a key theme of the 2016 CES in January, as suppliers and automakers display interior and vehicle concepts.
Car shoppers in the near future will see vehicles with larger, high-resolution displays featuring 3-D graphics, more sophisticated head-up displays, disappearing steering wheels on self-driving cars and individual monitors for vehicle occupants.
An intriguing look at the future of interiors comes from Rinspeed. The Swiss custom-car builder will display its self-driving “?tos” concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
The concept features a folding-and-retractable steering wheel from supplier ZF TRW.
“As if by magic, it disappears in the dashboard in a few seconds,” Rinspeed said in a statement. “This creates lots of space in front of the driver who can grab and read a book in comfort the old-fashioned way or can work in a relaxed atmosphere.”
The cabin also includes two curved 21.5-inch Ultra HD widescreen monitors that display infotainment content.
Auto supplier Visteon announced on Tuesday it will demonstrate vehicle-cockpit electronics products and technology at CES.
“CES is an ideal venue to showcase how Visteon is transforming the cockpit electronics experience,” said Visteon CEO Sachin Lawande in a statement. “We will demonstrate how we are applying software and new technology – from gesture support and facial identification – to change how drivers and passengers interact with information and entertainment more safely, securely and enjoyably.”
One Visteon concept vehicle will feature 3-D gesture technology for driver information and infotainment systems designed to reduce driver distraction.
Another vehicle will feature a windshield head-up display with an “extra-large, high-resolution screen capable of delivering contextual information to the driver without being prompted for it,” Visteon said.
Volkswagen is teasing a “completely new concept car” at CES, which is expected to be an electric VW Microbus concept.
“Innovative features will demonstrate the benefits to the customer that Volkswagen will be able to deliver in the near future thanks to the increased interconnectedness of the motor car,” VW said in a statement.
It added: “Volkswagen will give quite a clear glimpse of the latest developments in in-car infotainment that are on the verge of being launched onto the market.”
Edmunds says: CES is a barometer of key automotive trends and will be closely watched by car shoppers who want to know what types of electronic features are in the pipeline.