The onboard journey will become an extension of today’s connected lifestyles as people shift seamlessly between driving, working, relaxing, and socializing. During the 2020 CES Las Vegas, Faurecia has showcased a redesigned interior of a Ford-150, America’s best-selling vehicle, exploiting our full technology portfolio and integration expertise. It shows how scalable and upgradable solutions enable automakers and mobility providers to customize individual comfort, enrich onboard experiences as well as improve safety and user interactions.
As in-car connectivity increases, vehicles will become a digital enabler for everything we want to do online. Faurecia and Microsoft have combined their expertise in edge-computing, artificial intelligence, cloud-based services and cockpit integration to enable occupants to stay connected, productive and entertained while in the car. Together, we developed services that improve comfort, wellness and infotainment, bringing digital continuity from home or the office to the car through access to content on demand or collaborative working platforms. A cloud-connected cockpit gives automakers, mobility providers and consumers the ability to upgrade their travelling environment, for example by enhancing sound, personalizing entertainment options or in-cabin services.
Faurecia and its strategic partner MAHLE have worked together to integrate and connect different interiors and seating features to enhance the onboard experience. The focus has been creating an individual thermal and comfort bubble that leaves a passenger feeling better at the end of their journey. The vehicle monitors real-time data collected either from onboard cameras or wearable devices that measure skin temperature, heart or respiration rates, and blood pressure to guide the adjustments of air distribution or heat settings during the journey. If it detects stress, fatigue, or motion sickness, the vehicle will offer multi-sensorial experiences to relax or refresh occupants. Over time, artificial intelligence and contextual analysis enable the vehicle to anticipate user preferences.
Finding ways to bring thermal comfort closer to individuals and ensure they feel comfortable more quickly also saves energy and improves vehicle efficiency. Faurecia and MAHLE have designed our solution so that climate control settings target specific body areas rather than the whole cabin. Radiant panels are integrated into the seat, instrument panel, console and door panels to provide a more energy efficient way to regulate individual temperature.
Faurecia and Aptoide, one of the largest independent Android app stores, have created a joint venture to develop and operate Android app store solutions for the global automotive market. We offer OEMs an affordable and secure automotive apps market, available worldwide with adaptable content per region. The Aptoide app store offers one million Android apps covering a variety of use cases such as gaming, navigation, content streaming services, point of interest recommendations or parking. Aptoide also offers an integrated secure payment mechanism supporting OEM strategies for service monetization, whilst securing the vehicle and occupants’ data privacy.