Hyundai has unveiled an interior concept study which could give us some clues of the future design direction of the company’s upcoming cabin layouts. A virtual cockpit was fitted to an i30 to showcase the all-new layout.
The concept features an advanced digital instrument cluster that incorporates a multi-layer display (MLD). This essentially brings in two levels of display content, stacked at 6mm apart. Using this layout provides a 3D-like experience, with important information displayed in a way to guide the user’s focus while reducing distraction.
Paired with this, the steering wheel also includes two digital touch displays. These can be configured in a number of ways, with buttons offering strong and consistent haptic feedback during operation. This makes it user-friendly for the driver, and reduces distraction.
These displays are also tied in with a central media tablet-style system on the dash, which also features advanced haptic feedback. The feedback provides a more definitive confirmation of each selection, improving user-friendliness while reducing distraction. Users can configure the central display in a multitude of ways.
Although the interior concept is just a study, various elements could soon inspire features seen on future Hyundai production cars. Hyundai says it is constantly working on future solutions to integrate the latest communication technologies into its cars.
It is purposely using an i30 to showcase the latest layout. Regina Kaiser, human machine interface senior engineer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, said:
“We chose the i30 to demonstrate that innovations are not limited to higher-segment vehicles. Hyundai intends to prove that innovations need to be achievable for a broad customer base.”