A while back I wrote about the new Volvo Concept Universe. It was a striking new car with a beautiful shape and a very unusual front grill. Now, Volvo has taken this concept a step further with the Volvo Concept You.
It is pretty much the same car. What's new and exciting is the interior. Not only is it beautifully designed, it is also highly digitized. Instead of a dashboard and middle console, the entire thing is replaced by what looks like a tablet and the dashboard is basically just a screen--with some very impressive features.
The Concept You explores new territories in Volvo's search for the ultimate intuitive car. A number of touch screens are used to replace buttons and controls in order to make the driver totally connected, and in control. The technology also helps to create a refreshingly uncluttered interior.
The control centre in Concept You consists of four main areas a digital Driver Information Monitor, a head-up display on the windscreen, a touch screen on the upper part of the centre console and a touch screen between the two individual rear seats. The wood/leather steering wheel has aluminum and glass paddles with integrated touch screens.
The touch screen in the upper part of the centre console remains in sleeping mode until the driver looks at it. A hidden infrared camera registers the eye movements and information is displayed on the screen. Another sensor registers hand movements and triggers the infotainment system's control mode. The possibilities are different depending on if the screen is approached by the driver or by the front seat passenger.
Certain functions, such as surfing the web, are only accessible from the passenger side while the car is rolling. The technology knows who is the present operator and adapts itself automatically,
Porsche has announced a special "limited edition" of the Cayman S model - called "Porsche Design Edition 1". It is aggressively black and stunningly beautiful.
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