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The XiM20 exhibit is a fully autonomous rideshare concept, offering new consumer experiences customizable to passenger’s preferences. Photograph: Yanfeng

New concept in AV interiors to tour North America

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors has introduced an autonomous, interior rideshare exhibit and demonstrator that shows what riding in future AVs might be like. The XiM20 offers a new, customizable zone concept for the front and rear of AVs. The mobile exhibit will tour North America throughout 2019.

The demonstrator has two distinct zones: The front is a bright, airy environment with a Smart Interior Surfaces (SIS) table to access controls, including smartphone access. The rear is a more cocoon-like, lounge area with soft fabric surroundings and technology integrations to complement passengers’ moods and preferences.

According Yanfeng, the XiM20 experience is customizable to passenger’s preferences and is a reflection of the most in-depth primary research the company has done to date.

“Approaching this next iteration of the XiM demonstrator, we knew it was critical to evaluate users’ wants and needs within the vehicle and outside of the mobility context,” said Yanfeng chief technology officer Han Hendriks. “The insights gleaned from our research defined what impacts consumers’ quality of life and what creates memorable, engaging experiences.”

Features in the XiM20 are designed to be stimulating without being overwhelming. By camouflaging the demonstrator’s screens and navigation systems, passengers can choose whether or not to engage with the innovations around them.

“As an industry leader, we have the capabilities to provide holistic total interior solutions. As we approached this iteration of the XiM, we had to ask ourselves: If we choose to feature every product and technology available within this space, are we offering value? Our research said “no.” Instead, to design and develop interiors in this context, we needed to understand and craft experiences that are engaging and surprising, without being overly complex. For future mobility, this is where the opportunity lies.” added Hendriks.

The front area is an observation space, offering comfortable, functional seating with an uninterrupted 180-degree view through the curved windshield. Reminiscent of a cafe or coffee house bar, it features:

  • Smart Interior Surface (SIS) Table – easily accessible on the natural wood table surface where the trip’s sequence is initiated and passengers can control the temperature, sound, UV cleaning, and navigation systems.
  • UV Surface Sanitizer – UV frequency light sweeps over the interior to disinfect frequently contacted surfaces between trips.
  • Never-Forget Storage – storage spaces and bins recognize forgotten belongings, alerting passengers with a series of notifications directing them to the stored item.
  • Noveto Smart Audio – designed to send sound sensors, transducers and software that can locate and track the passenger’s position and deliver high-quality sound without disturbing others.

The rear zone offers secluded comfort. The space mimics the cozy atmosphere of a booth, it features:

  • Active Space – a combination of in-cabin sensing and surface display technology to enable immersive interaction between passengers and the surrounding interior environment for entertainment, communication, and ambience.
  • Bulletin Board – an integrated display featuring ride information and notifications, providing navigation updates and alerting passengers when they are approaching their destination.
  • Slim Airvent – vanes and air flow control allow vents to be a fraction of their conventional surface area, while providing sufficient air flow and heating/cooling.
  • Active Cast Lighting – dynamic ambient lighting which mimics the play of light as it reflects and refracts in natural environments.

Click the link below for more information from Yanfeng about the exhibit.

About Mark Miller

Mark Miller is a contributing writer and assistant news editor for SAE International in Warrendale, PA. He has worked as a contributing technology writer and editor for IBM and other advanced information technology firms. His areas of concentration include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, analytics and Internet of Things technologies.

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