The automotive world is brimming with concepts that use advanced driver-assist systems to turn cars and trucks into appliances and drivers into bored passengers who read books and watch movies.
WardsAuto’s latest student design project, the ninth collaboration with the Transportation Design Dept. of Detroit’s prestigious College for Creative Studies, is aimed at designing vehicle interiors that use advanced technology to make drivers more involved with driving during certain times for recreation.
The competition is done in conjunction with the 2018 WardsAuto Interiors Conference, which takes place May 30 at Detroit’s Cobo Center and is sponsored by interior suppliers IAC and Lear.
In addition to providing autonomous capabilities, ADAS systems and sensors enhance driver abilities and perceptions to give them super powers to make them better, safer drivers on a racetrack, driving off-road, or just on a weekend joyride with friends, children or pets.
Seats and human-machine interfaces are designed to be reconfigurable to accommodate performance modes as well as relaxed situations. One student is creating an interior with seats that pivot forward into race mode and then fold back when driver and friends just want to chill.
Another student is creating his vision of what the interior of vacuum maker Dyson’s announced electric car will look like. It includes Dyson’s iconic yellow color and clever vacuum-cleaner design cues.
Several other interiors are designed to accommodate four-legged friends, and include special doors, walkways and tunnels for animal friends.
Cleber Vieira, an interior and exterior designer who has worked for major automakers in Brazil, Spain and Europe is the instructor.
The assignment is the basis of a semester-long class at CCS. The students compete for recognition and special scholarships. There is an award for best overall design and Lear and IAC also give special awards for the most innovative design feature and most eco-friendly interior concept. The award winners will be announced at the WardsAuto Interiors conference May 30.