Optical displays with a comfortable touch
Renovating the conventional interior design with translucent foam having a comfortable touch
Ever changing trend of automotive interiors:
We keep an eye on the changes in interior needs brought about by self-driving.
About a decade ago, not obstructing driving was the first priority in designing automotive interiors. A demerit system was used to evaluate their performance, such as:
・Their colors are not reflected on the windshield.
・Dirt is less visible.
Today, car interiors are graded by vehicle types.
Luxury cars are equipped with high-grade interiors, which demands materials with features creating additional values, such as:
・Formability for enhanced appearance
Recent Automotive Interiors
Design and materials that do not obstruct driving
The interior space of a fully autonomous (level 5) car:
It will probably an indoor space with great comfort and functionality.
By 2020, fully autonomous (level-5) will become reality.
At that time, it is said that our sense of values regarding a car will completely change from:
・A vehicle to drive to a space that carries us to the destination
・A driver to a guest sitting in that space
For the guest to enjoy comfort, the interiors of a car need to be pleasant to the five senses, and visually and sensationally novel, which require new technology.
To realize such a future, Sekisui has been developing new products while discussing their requirements with many auto manufacturers.
Car Interiors in Near Future Drawn by Sekisui
Changes toward improved comfort and design
Sekisui foam, constantly providing car interiors with comfort:
The next step is the realization of a new module on an optical display.
Sekisui Softlon SP has been used on the rear sides of the surface skin materials installed on instrument panels and door trims. With light-weight, thinness, and comfortable touch, it has been used for many vehicle grade.
To provide interiors with new and improved values, Sekisui has been developing foam with comfortable touch without degrading optical performance, while conforming to the severe standards of car interiors.
This product has the potential for enabling an entirely new approach to future automotive interior materials and also optical display materials.
Proposal of a High-Touch Transparent Module from Sekisui
The high-touch foam raises the value of the translucent design.
Sekisui Chemical’s translucent foam was featured by Smart Drive Magazine.
We opened our booth at the Mobility Transformation 2019 exhibition sponsored by SmartDrive.
Our efforts and new technology (translucent foam) were featured by their media, Smart Drive Magazine,
under the title, Evolution of Mobility Made from Materials: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., on December 16, 2019.