Even though the shape of Yangfen Automotive Interiors’ XiM18 might seem futuristic enough, it’s actually what’s going on inside this concept that points to where we’re headed with our autonomous and full-electric cars.
The XiM18 concept, where XiM stands for eXperience in Motion, was designed to show off four different interior modes, that could very well become the norm for the self-driving car of the future.
These are ‘Drive’, ‘Family’, ‘Meeting’ and ‘Lounge’, each representing a different driving scenario, with smart surfaces all around, and what the company calls a “seamless integration of displays and control functions.”
“In the future, once collapsible steering wheels will be considered the new normal since the driver will no longer have to steer the vehicle, the car will evolve into the next living space for driver and passengers alike,” said YFAI chief technical officer, Han Hendriks. “Our Xim18 exemplifies how we are redefining the way people can relax, work and play in their car today and decades from now.”
In ‘Drive’ mode, the interior configuration has all the seats facing forward. In terms of features, there are invisible A-pillars, HVAC slim air vents with gesture control, moving floor consoles, heated door panel armrest and convenient soft tambour door storage with fingerprint lock technology.
Put the car in ‘Family’ mode and you get a different seating arrangement, an origami table, instrument panel passenger storage, new ambient or functional lighting and lots of play-and-relax features like the Interactive Overhead Display Panel.
In ‘Meeting’ mode, the interior of the XiM18 serves as an extension of the office, where the driver can move his or her seat to the back of the car, while the passenger seat rotates 180 degrees – allowing occupants to face each other. Meanwhile, ‘Lounge’ mode is a transformational space that helps you transition from working to socializing thanks the the front seats moving to the rear-most position. Also, there’s a unique separated floor console, where the front and rear floors can be combined.
“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,” added Hendriks.