Although no images of the interior have been issued yet, DS says it features even bolder design steps. The traditional dashboard screens and display are replaced by two wide strips and DS says the lower strip is used to display information that is projected from the one above.
Screens for the digital mirrors and a small number of controls are located on either side of the dashboard and each occupant gets their own screen to offer a “first-class” experience. Information traditionally shown in the instrument display is projected onto the windscreen using an augmented reality head-up display.
DS says a central armrest between the seats functions as “a guide”, with occupants able to use hand gestures near it to control various systems. DS has partnered with a Silicon Valley firm called Ultraleap to use a system that employs pulses of wind and small speakers to provide a “sensory answer” to hand gestures.
The dashboard features Iris, which DS calls an artificial intelligence system that responds to voice prompts. The car also has a haptic control system that, according to DS, uses three-dimensional ultrasound systems to offer tactile feedback.
Reflecting recent concept car trends, the interior uses several unusual materials. The dashboard strip and seat backs are covered with straw marquetry, with DS claiming that the expertise involved in creating them turns “a common and economical material” into “a symbol of quality through the unique expertise of a Parisian craftsman.”
The seats are covered with satin cotton and a high-density mousse designed for maximum comfort, while the doors feature a transparent microfibre designed to maximise interior light.
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