The cabin can switch among four modes depending on what serves occupants the best.

China’s Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is one of the auto industry’s major suppliers of cabin components, and the firm’s new XiM18 concept imagines what it might be like to ride in the car of the future. When a driver is no longer necessary this how we might travel.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors XiM18 Concept

“We‘re seamlessly integrating information and areas for controls, ambient and task lighting, heated surfaces and more,” Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer for Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, said in the concept’s announcement. “When these functions are not activated, our smart interior surfaces blend in with the stylish decor of our floor consoles, instrument and door panels."

Yanfeng imagines the XiM18 as a car-sharing vehicle that many people would use, and the cabin can switch among Drive, Family, Meeting, and Lounge modes depending on the needs of the people inside. The company upholsters the interior in leather with various hues ranging from light blue to a shade of gray. Piano black trim with copper highlights provides a high-end look.

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Regardless of the interior mode, occupants have access to high-tech features. For example, the HVAC system’s air vents responds to a person’s gestures. For extra security, there’s locking storage areas in the door panels, and they require the right fingerprint to open. The floor consoles can also move depending on what people need. 

Drive mode configures the cabin like a traditional vehicle with all of the seats facing forward. The Family setting rotates the front chairs so that everyone is facing inward. In Meeting, there’s a work table, and the driver’s seat moves to the back of the cabin. Finally, Lounge mode the front and rear consoles combine to integrate the usually separate displays into a single screen.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors XiM18 Concept

As a concept from an industry supplier, rather than an automaker, don't expect ever to see the XiM18 on the road. However, this some of this advanced tech is nearly ready for the street, so it could be in the car of the future.

Source: Yanfeng Automotive Interiors 

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YFAI’s XiM18 is re-defining The Next Living Space

The Yanfeng Automotive Interiors XiM18 makes European premiere at IAA 2017

FRANKFURT, Germany – September 13, 2017. Yanfeng Automotive
Interiors (YFAI), the global leader in automotive interior solutions, has unveiled
its eXperience in Motion (XiM18) concept car at the IAA International Motor
Show today. Presented for the first time in Europe, the XiM18 showcases the
way people experience vehicle interiors, if they no longer have to drive. It is
designed to enable the use of four different interior modes: Drive, Family,
Meeting and Lounge, enabling the vehicle to be used in various ways, by
multiple people. With this new concept the company supports the next
generation of electric and autonomous driving cars.

In times of new forms of car ownership and shared mobility, a unique product
look, feel and function through seamless integration of interior surfaces and
personalized human-machine-interface is what occupants look for. XiM18
combines a multitude of new technologies for cockpits and instrument panels,
as well as advancements in pillar trim, lighting and overhead module
integration. In addition, smart solutions for an enhanced user experience with
floor consoles and door panels are combined with YFAI’s unique excellence in
materials and process innovations. The elegant design of the XiM18 features
leather trim, in hues of light blue to medium gray, neatly covering a full piano
black surface with copper highlights.

“In the future, once collapsible steering wheels will be considered the new
normal since the driver will no longer have to steer the vehicle”, said Han
Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer for YFAI. “The car will evolve into the next
living space for driver and passengers alike. Our XiM18 exemplifies how we
are redefining the way people can relax, work and play in their car today and
decades from now.”

The next generation XiM18 concept car shows how the company leads the
way in interior design, and provides our answer to the future requirements of
electric vehicles and autonomous driving. This forward-looking concept
integrates many market-ready product innovations, such as smart surfaces
and a front and rear floor console that can be combined together, featuring the
seamless integration of displays and control functions. XiM18 is proof that
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is at the forefront of redefining car to human

XiM18 re-defines interior space configurations

The XiM18 concept features four different interior modes, supporting different
driving scenarios from standard driving mode to future-led family mode or
functional meeting mode to relaxing lounge, inspired by autonomous driving
scenarios. XiM18 exemplifies how future car interiors will put a stronger
emphasis on flexible and intelligent floor console and door panel solutions.
The key theme of future vehicle interiors in response to autonomous driving is
the re-defined interior space and design with modified arrangement of the
seating positions. XiM18 is a concept, where the entire interior surface
individually interacts with each occupant.

Driving mode is the conventional interior configuration with all seats facing
forward. It is enriched by many new comfort and safety functions such as
invisible A-pillar, next generation HVAC Slim Air Vents with Gesture Control
or smart climate control, slim overhead consoles, moving floor consoles, or
convenient soft tambour door storage with finger print lock technology and
heated door panel armrest solutions. Innovations such as YFAI’s Start/Stop
Overhead Console with PRND controls contribute to enhanced occupant

Family mode brings people together to better engage and communicate,
where the seatback of the front seats rotate inward and the rear floor console
moves forward, allowing the rear seats to come together in the center. YFAI’s
designers have also come up with many family-friendly features for the
interior, including the origami table, instrument panel passenger storage with a
tray, new ambient or functional lighting, and plenty of play-and-relax-features
like the Interactive Overhead Display Panel. The Overhead Slim Air Vent
adds more comfort to the family mode and other layouts.

In Meeting mode the interior serves as an extension of the office, where the
driver seat moves to the back of the vehicle, while the passenger seat rotates
180 degrees, allowing occupants to face each other while the rear seats stows
away. Adaptive interiors with flexible floor consoles, personal electronics
management and convenient working table solutions support the working
environment inside the vehicle. Lounge mode is a transformational space
helping transition from working to socializing. With the front seats moved to the
rear-most position, this environment offers passengers the option to relax or
work while the vehicle drives autonomously. As YFAI excels in materials and
surface innovations, instrument panels and door panels will visibly benefit from
technology advancements like the direct back-foaming of leather or the CHyM
Eco-Lite technology which is not only integrated in the door panels but also
for the first time applicable for instrument panel production. A key enabler for
effective lounge mode layout applications are YFAI’s unique separated floor
console – a front and rear floor console that can be combined, features the
seamless integration of displays and control functions.

YFAI’s smart interior surfaces have been inspired by the increased technology
and information needs in vehicle interiors. “Interior surfaces have always had
a great look and feel,” added Hendriks. ”However, we will increasingly
integrate functionality that creates a better life on board,” said Han Hendriks.
“We‘re seamlessly integrating information and areas for controls, ambient and
task lighting, heated surfaces and more. When these functions are not
activated, our smart interior surfaces blend in with the stylish decor of our floor
consoles, instrument and door panels. This is the wave of the future and our
concepts will help prepare automakers to be ready for the future.”

About Yanfeng Automotive Interiors:
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors.
YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors today
and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has
approximately 110 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 20 countries and
more than 33,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture
interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive
Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive
suppliers in China, and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating.
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