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Your assignment: Design the interior of the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Vehicle interiors have long been designed around the driver. But what happens to the look, feel and function of the inside of cars that drive themselves? That's a question designers and engineers are pondering as they prepare for the first generation of autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles.

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New cars give peek at tomorrow's center stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
New information display technologies, touch screens and other gizmos are allowing automotive designers to reimagine center stacks and interiors. Designers say that data displays, and how drivers interact with the data, will have an impact on vehicle interiors.

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How Japanese quake rebooted Honda's design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Japan's killer earthquake-tsunami double punch slammed the country in 2011, knocking out Honda's operations -- and those of its domestic rivals -- for months. But the disaster carried a silver lining for Honda.

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BMW design chief tests a luxury look for the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
With their simple body lines and extensive use of recycled materials, BMW's i electric cars establish a new design language for premium but eco-friendly vehicles, says Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW top design executive. He calls the i cars the "next premium" -- a new generation of luxury vehicles.

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Auto exteriors get new splash of colors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Susan Lampinen, Ford's group chief designer for color and material design, keeps a keen eye on trends in fashion, art and design. Her responsibilities cover vehicles from Fiesta subcompacts to F-series pickups and Lincolns.

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M-B nonconformist is a hit with car buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2013
Yes, there are cliches about car designers: They wear black jackets and shirts, they admire Bauhaus architecture and minimalist product design and they spend every free minute at furniture and fashion shows to get inspiration. But Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener takes a different approach.

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Toyota's design overhaul about to bear fruit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2013
Four years before taking the helm of Toyota in 2009, Akio Toyoda began quietly studying auto design under a veteran stylist at the carmaker's dome-roofed creative studio here. Call it a premonition.

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