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Adient presents the car interior of the future at Frankfurt Motor Show

With the AI18, Adient will present its new interior concept for autonomous driving

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Scenario 2030: Urban compact vehicles are automatic, electric and adapt to their users

New forms of mobility such as autonomous driving, car sharing and electromobility are dramatically changing how we get around. Adient, the leading supplier of automotive seating, will showcase what this means for interiors, and especially the vehicle seating system, with its new AI18 demonstrator at this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main.

With the focus on autonomous driving, alternative usage models such as car sharing and urban mobility, the Adient concept addresses three of the major trends which will drive the automotive industry of the future. Richard Chung, Vice President Innovation at Adient, explains: “The optimal vehicle architecture for future urban living spaces provides compact equipment solutions which can adapt to a wide range of users with differing requirements and preferences in almost every situation. This requirement will play a decisive role, especially for vehicle interiors and their seating systems.”

Adient will use five scenarios to demonstrate in the AI18 just how flexible level-3 and level-4 autonomous vehicles could be in the future. “In addition to a Lounge mode, the AI18 seating system offers Communication, Cargo, Baby Plus and Family modes. These provide users with optimum seating arrangements and space according to the situation, as well as various usage options and technical aids that make travel as efficient, comfortable and safe as possible,” says Chung.

For example, in spite of the vehicle’s compact size, Lounge mode offers the user a high degree of comfort and relaxation by means of the seating position and application features. The front seats play their part in this, with an anthropometric pivot at their core. This ensures the seat can be reclined far back and still provide support when beyond the traditional range. Further components such as the head restraint, integrated armrests and a separate leg rest are synchronized to move with the body. An optional massage function further boosts the comfort factor.

With new component geometries, alternative materials and composites, many of the some 20 innovations in the Adient AI18 demonstrator provide additional options for lightweight construction. “Slimmer, lighter seating systems not only play their part in reducing fuel consumption or increasing the range of electric vehicles,” says Chung. “They also allow automakers to make best use of the vehicle’s compact dimensions and therefore also increase efficiency in automotive construction at many levels.”

Adient will present all of the AI18 demonstrator’s usage scenarios as well as the underlying technical innovations to the public at the IAA during a press conference on Wednesday, September 13, from 10:30 to 10:55 a.m. (Stand B24, Hall 5.1).

About Adient:

Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 75,000 employees operating 230 manufacturing/assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit adient.com.

Source: Adient

BMW showcases the Rolls-Royce and Mini of the future at the Roundhouse in London

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BMW Group THE NEXT 100 YEARS. “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience.”

World premiere of the MINI VISION NEXT 100. ++ World premiere of the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100. ++ Exhibition and event platform “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience.” at the Roundhouse, London, from 16 – 26 June.

  

The BMW Group has  presented two world debuts to mark the opening of its exhibition and event platform, “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience.”. Following the BMW VISION NEXT 100, unveiled at the Munich Centenary Event on 7 March, the two latest interpretations of future mobility come from MINI and Rolls-Royce and were presented at the Roundhouse in London. A fourth Vision Vehicle, by BMW Motorrad, will be premiered on 11 October in Los Angeles, USA, completing the BMW Group’s brand quartet.

 

The BMW Group’s future vision

The task of exploring how we will live and move around in the years and decades ahead is as challenging as it is interesting: how will society, the economy, living conditions and consequently our mobility change? What opportunities will new technologies open up for us? And what will digitalisation and connectivity mean for our future automotive needs?

These are the questions the BMW Group has set out to answer with its four Vision Vehicles. Each made by a different Group brand, they represent a distinct interpretation of future mobility and embody a specific set of brand values. They explore a number of future themes, including autonomous driving, digitalisation and personalisation – and present premium mobility as completely effortless, constantly available, emotionally engaging and tailored to individual mobility needs.

 

The BMW VISION NEXT 100: What will Sheer Driving Pleasure look like in the future?

The BMW Vision Vehicle has typical BMW driving pleasure at its core. In the years and decades ahead, BMW drivers will want to continue driving themselves most of the time and constant connectivity, digital intelligence and cutting-edge technologies will enhance the ultimate driving experience. At the same time, cutting-edge technologies will allow drivers to hand over active control of the vehicle if they wish. While they sit back and turn their attention to other things, the vehicle will take over.

 

The MINI VISION NEXT 100: “Every MINI is my MINI”

The key idea behind the MINI VISION NEXT 100 is responsible use of resources for personal mobility. The motto “Every MINI is my MINI” is about innovative car-sharing, with MINI fans of the future able to access and tailor any MINI to their own personal preferences, anywhere and at any time. The MINI will be available to everybody at all times, picking drivers up autonomously from wherever they like and adjusting the car’s appearance, driving characteristics and connectivity to suit the user’s personal lifestyle. New, customised mobility with the MINI VISION NEXT 100 builds on connected digital intelligence.

 

The Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100

Fully autonomous, the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 takes luxury to a new dimension. The interior of the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 will be a private retreat, a “Grand Sanctuary” in which a virtual assistant, “Eleanor”, not only drives the vehicle but also fulfils the customer’s every wish throughout the journey. The stunning exterior, with an elegant clamshell canopy and coach door, allows passengers simply to stand up and step out of the vehicle, ensuring they are the picture of refinement and taste wherever they arrive. The Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 represents just one possible option for a unique, personal, customised Rolls-Royce. Picking up on its coachbuilding heritage, the marque has developed the “Personal Vision” which will deliver unique coachbuilt bodies, exquisite handcraftsmanship and the finest materials, all on a zero emissions platform. Innovative production methods and materials will open up new perspectives for customers to create a vehicle to their own specifications: from wheelbase to body shape, they will be able to choose the characteristics and equipment they desire, with the designers at Rolls-Royce creating an individually curated, bespoke masterpiece which is as unique as the fingerprint of its owner.

 

The United Kingdom as the natural place to unveil the MINI and Rolls-Royce Vision Vehicles

The home of the two brands is the BMW Group’s fourth-largest market overall and its third-largest production base. The United Kingdom is the only market with a production base for all BMW Group brands, with MINI plants in Oxford and Swindon, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood and the BMW engine plant in Hams Hall. Since 2000, the BMW Group has invested almost £2 billion in the four British production facilities, and it sources £1.2 billion worth of goods and services from British suppliers. Annual exports total £2.4 billion, with around 80 percent of British-made MINIs and 90 of Rolls-Royces built for customers outside the United Kingdom. The BMW Group and its sales network employ more than 24,000 people directly and support approximately 50,000 jobs in the United Kingdom.

As Europe’s only mega city, London is the ideal platform to unveil these solutions for tomorrow’s personal mobility needs.

 

“BMW Group Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience.” event and exhibition concept

This event and exhibition concept will allow as many people as possible around the world to experience the BMW Group’s vision of future mobility. It is open to the public in London from 18 to 26 June 2016.

The narrative of the exhibition takes visitors through different worlds of experience and reflects the BMW Group’s 100-year history as a pioneering, innovative company. Visitors also learn more about key global megatrends and about the challenges and opportunities society will face in the future. In addition, the exhibition provides information about the BMW Group and its responsibilities regarding the environment, society and its employees.

The Inner Rotunda of the exhibition provides the setting for the debuts of the two Vision Vehicles and for press conferences and various events. It also offers a platform for discussions around key questions of the future. Specialists from a wide range of areas, such as politics, science, business, culture and the interested public, are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas and join an open exchange with a variety of perspectives on key future topics.

Source: BMW