Retractable steering wheels — and eventually maybe no steering wheels at all. Reconfigurable seating. Sleek surfaces largely free of knobs and buttons. Flexible display screens surrounding occupants.
In the age of self-driving cars and burgeoning artificial intelligence, designers will develop the car from the inside out, focused around the user experience.
Imagine a car that uses biometrics such as facial recognition technology to determine who's entering. Artificial intelligence allows the vehicle to learn about you and put that knowledge into action to improve your time in the vehicle. Benefits will go beyond the car recognizing you and setting climate, seat and audio controls to your preference. It could learn your commuting patterns, where you like to stop for coffee and put your order in before you get there. It's a decidedly high-tech approach to mobility.