Suppliers already pitch the systems of tomorrow to the automakers image

With increasingly technological cars on the horizon, the automotive industry world has started to pick up pace much in the way the mobile segment – think smartphones and tablets – has done since the decade started.

So, with the age of autonomous cars that might be able to drive you to the next location without so much touching the steering wheel (and others say you won’t need it to be there anymore) pr connected cars that can talk among each other and with the surroundings to avoid crashes and traffic jams, suppliers try to keep up and innovate to ensure their survival. And just by watching what happened during the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit we can showcase a few trends. Though take them with a pinch of salt, because some of them won’t make it into production, ever.

Faurecia has come up with one innovation that could actually go into production today – a docking station for smartphones and tablets that seamlessly integrates with the vehicle’s infotainment system, using readily available protocols such as the Bluetooth or Near Field Communication.

Panasonic Automotive has come up with our personal favorite – the eCockpit. It cleverly integrates not just the next-generation infotainment system with its center-stack screen, but also a high-tech reconfigurable instrument cluster and head-up display.

Hella is taking the lighting system to the next level, even as fully LED had and taillights are the panache of luxury models only – it’s proposing a laser tail lamps system. It would feature an ultra-compact packaging design, allowing even more design options to the automakers.

Johnson Controls came with its own take on the interior of autonomous cars, proposing a telescoping steering wheel, trays that can swivel from the center stack towards both front and back occupants and front seats that can rotate.

Via Automotive News