One of the criticisms of ride-sharing is that passengers put themselves in contact with some unsavory characters, such as E. coli and other potentially harmful microbes.
Fortunately, Yanfeng's new interior concept for a fully autonomous ride-sharing vehicle addresses the problem. The Experience in Motion 2020, or XiM20, is equipped with an antimicrobial device that sanitizes the interior air.
"By combining UV Air Sanitization and non-liquid scent dispensing into an overhead console, Yanfeng's Wellness Pod enhances the well-being of passengers on the commute," China's biggest supplier said in a release.
In addition, the concept has a device that sweeps its frequently contacted surfaces with ultraviolet light, disinfecting these areas between trips.
The XiM20, which was unveiled at a press event in Stuttgart, has a lot more to offer than just its germ-destroying beam of UV light. The front of the XiM20 has a natural wood table that doubles as a smart surface. By camouflaging the concept's screens within its surfaces, passengers can choose whether to engage with the innovations.
The Smart Interior Surface Table shows that the trip's sequence is initiated and allows passengers to control the temperature, sound, UV cleaning and navigation systems. When not in use, the surface goes back to being a table.
Another fun feature is the Never-Forget Storage. These spaces and bins recognize forgotten items, alerting passengers with a series of notifications directing them to collect their belongings.
The back of the concept is designed like a cozy lounge and includes what Yanfeng calls an Active Space. This is a combination of in-cabin sensing that Yanfeng co-developed with Luxembourg-based supplier IEE. The surface display technology enables interaction between passengers and the interior for entertainment, communication and ambience.
Another feature, called Bulletin Board, is an eye-level integrated display panel that provides ride information, notifications, navigation updates and alerts for passengers when they are approaching their destination. When the information is not needed, it disappears into the background, which is why Yanfeng calls features such as these "shy-tech."