New technology and societal trends are changing the way we drive. Although electronic vehicles and autonomous driving were once viewed as luxury functions, these features are now experiencing increased demands within the mainstream market. Sustainable options like rideshare services have also maintained popularity, blurring the line between private and public transport.
As these new markets continue to grow, automotive designers are reimagining their interior components to provide more comfort, flexibility and customization for customers. Be sure you’re in-the-know on what these new trends are and how they could impact your production processes.
- Sustainable fabric choices
Many vehicle brands are shifting away from traditional luxury automotive interiors in favor of more environmentally-friendly options. Fabrics made with eucalyptus or pineapple fibers have been studied as sustainable seating materials. These options not only keep discarded seat coverings out of landfills, but also come with a comforting plush texture and improved moisture management properties compared to traditional synthetic fibers.
2. Space-saving features
As vehicles become more autonomous, researchers are studying ways to offer more space to passengers while they’re not driving. Some mock-ups have included retractable steering wheels, fold-away rear seating and a swiveling front passenger seat.
3. Digital enhancements
Digital technology may be the most influential element when it comes to interiors. As AI functions and touchscreen options become more mainstream, new interior elements may include larger, more ergonomic display panels and fewer buttons and knobs.
4. Enhanced durability
As the rideshare industry continues to flourish, automotive interiors must be prepared to withstand dozens of passengers a day. This will require interior material coatings that are resistant to repeated wear and tear, dirt and stains but maintain a luxurious appearance.
5. Innovations in passenger comfort
Interior comfort levels will become a point of differentiation as autonomous cars allow drivers to become riders. To provide more comfort in their journey, experts have experimented with conceptual cars that feature ambient lighting, noise-blocking systems and adaptive seat positioning.
HOW WILL THESE TRENDS IMPACT PRODUCTION PROCESSES?
With new automotive interior trends comes new changes to production processes. Improving interior durability will bring new fabrics and coatings into the manufacturing process, along with an increased use of sensors for digital enhancements. To allow for more space, customization and comfort, some interior components may need to be reimagined completely. Manufacturers are also challenged to create lightweight, aerodynamic products to ensure drivers won’t have to sacrifice efficiency for improved interior aesthetics.
One way to help bring these new design opportunities to life is by choosing the right adhesive. Changes in fabrics, coatings and other design elements will require durable, versatile adhesives. The addition of new sensors will also require dependable bonding options. Bostik offers a wide range of solutions to address your changing needs. Contact a Bostik expert today to learn more and find the right adhesives for your company.
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