Automotive interiors used to be a backwater for designers, a place where individuality was expressed in black, gray or tan. But integrated electronic controls and recent technological advancements have transformed the cabin into a virtual canvas, allowing designers and engineers to express their creativity. Automakers are finding new ways to make large sections of interior real estate more useful and desirable. They have added hidden storage spaces, devised simpler ways for consumers to play their own music and even found room for mobile file cabinets in some larger vehicles. Some of the recent advancements are audacious and futuristic, such as the massive 17-inch center stack touch screen in the Tesla Model S. Others are as simple as the two rocker switches on the rear of most Chrysler Group vehicles' steering wheels. They allow drivers to control the audio system easily without taking their eyes off the road. Here are some favorite interior features identified by the Automotive News staff.
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