With the huge advancements in automotive technology, automakers are increasingly competing to add more and more screens inside the cars that are now coming to market. However, there is one prominent industry figure who opposes this proposal. In a recent media interview, Thierry Métroz, chief designer of DS Automobiles in France, which is part of the Stellantis group, said he thought touchscreens had no place inside cars. cars of its brands. That’s why he and his team are constantly looking for ways to “revolutionize” car interiors to make them more opulent.
The lead designer said: “Our goal is to remove all screens from our future interiors. The problem with the screen is that when you turn off your screen, you end up with a rectangular black surface with all the fingerprints on it. It’s not very sexy; it’s not very luxurious. He added: “It’s a big trend right now to have [a lot of] screens, but I think that’s a bit stupid, because actually not having a dashboard anymore, just a big screen, that’s not our philosophy inside DS.
Metroz also said DS was exploring whether new technology could replace the now-standard screen, adding that it preferred something “less intrusive” and one that brings “more peace of mind”. “Of course we have to pass the information to the driver,” he continued. “It’s a significant challenge.” Metroz also hinted at future DS models, as the company plans to go all-electric from 2024.
Moving on to other automotive components that will become obsolete, Métroz touched on the topic of grilles. He said as the company prepares to go all-electric from 2024, the massive grilles that have been the industry standard will also need to be reassessed. Designers have “more freedom” to shape the front of a car because electric motors don’t require as much airflow as internal combustion engines. So that leaves plenty of room for designers to get creative, said the DS design chief.
He said: “We have a free surface to imagine a new design. This is an opportunity for us to reinforce the front light signature. [Currently] we only work with the headlights, but now we have the possibility to design the lights all around the emblem and create a new light effect on the front side. It’s a very exciting time for designers.
In other Stellantis news, the Italian-American conglomerate recently created the “Arena Del Futuro” test track to field-test the revolutionary electrical charging method of Dynamic Induction. The company said this radically new pilot test track was built by the A35 Brebemi, the direct motorway link between Brescia and Milan, in collaboration with Stellantis and other international partners, public institutions and universities. And it aims to test the idea of
wirelessly charging an electric vehicle while constantly moving on the road. The company used a new electric Fiat 500 for this purpose.
The 1,050 meter long circuit has now been successfully inaugurated and it is powered by 1 MW electric power and is located in a private part of the A35 motorway near the Chiari Ovest exit. The “Arena del Futuro” is now ready to test the advanced technology used to charge electric vehicles on the circuit.