In its Concept 26 demonstration car, Volvo installed a massive screen on the passenger side of the dashboard and another in the center console so either front seat occupant can adjust vehicle settings.
The demonstration also signals how a driver's seat design can "cradle" a person as the car shifts between its three modes — Drive, Create or Relax.
Flexible seat technology like this may be a ways off, but other forward-looking ideas will be coming to market in the new Volvo EX90. Volvo says the electric crossover will introduce advanced driver-assist technologies. Instead of simply getting new data from the cloud, the EX90 will get smarter and safer because it will sense what drivers are up to — using that information to alert a driver if they appear distracted or tired. The EX90 can identify inattentive drivers "beyond what has been possible in a Volvo car to date," the company says.