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Yanfeng‘s touchIN Cockpit integration as a milestone for Smart Cabin applications

Stuttgart, Germany –

Yanfeng, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers and specialist in smart cabin concepts, showcases its expertise in the field of integrated electronics and interior technology with a true masterpiece in craftsmanship the touchIN Interior Demonstrator. Its human-machine interface (HMI) technologies are designed to be intuitive and convenient, featuring the latest materials for smart, user-friendly, and eco-friendly surfaces.

The combined interior and electronics excellence and expertise of Yanfeng come together in the new touchIN cockpit module. The company excels in the integration of interior components, resulting in the state-of-the-art functionality and stylish elegance of the touchIN. Yanfeng’s customers will enjoy the uniqueness of the interior aesthetics created through mastery of lighting, materials, and processes.

“When designing the touchIN demonstrator, our global research and development teams from across our company’s areas of expertise, such as HMI electronics engineering or functional surface development, have worked to achieve the collective vision of a comfortable, relaxed, and pleasant driving experience that starts with a single touch. Through our cutting-edge technologies’ seamlessly integrated look, feel, and functions, we are proud to present flagship cockpit technologies that are now production-ready,” said Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer at Yanfeng Technology.

With industry-leading research and development capabilities for smart interiors, the company has optimized functionality not only for its new generation of Smart Cabin controllers but also for its floor console armrests and the entire cockpit space of the cabin.

Interior Electronics Systems: Smart Cabin Controller

Yanfeng’s new generation Smart Cabin Controller provides the latest in-vehicle electronics technologies and HMI intelligence, to provide cockpit, floor console, and cabin space control. When it comes to individual systems, the touchIN demonstrator excels in all details, as is shown by the integrated Augmented Reality (AR) Navigation System. The AR Navigation system features a live-action display of road and navigation information, giving auxiliary information about driving safety and creating an intuitive, real-life navigation experience.

Individualized electronics features such as face detection or warnings of unsafe driving provide additional assistance technology for drivers and passengers. Using facial recognition technology, the system can read facial fatigue and emotional cues, alerting or accommodating the driver with ambient lighting changes. Detectable sentiments or expressions include joy, smiling, sadness, anger, yawning, or sleepiness. For monitoring the environment around the car, a new Unsafe Driving Warning is instrumental in Yanfeng’s Smart Cabin Controller. Using radar sensing in conjunction with ambient lighting color changes, drivers are effectively warned when pedestrians get too close to the vehicle.

The instrument panel features Yanfeng’s Slim Air Vents, a stylish interior solution that perfectly regulates the vehicle’s environment. The slim design of the invisible air vent free up space for display screens or smart decorative packages. The Smart Cabin Controller enables position memory, smart directing and more to enhance passenger comfort.

Adaptive Floor Console and Functional Surfaces Gain in Performance

Multi-functional features and adaptive behavior are the key to enhancing floor consoles. The new touchIN demonstrator showcases a smart Adaptive Floor Console concept with variable size and volume. The armrest area converts on receipt of charging signals, near field communication (NFC) signals, or touch button signals, while offering open storage space when the adaptive surface is activated. Mobile devices can be charged by simply placing them onto the surface, providing real-time feedback of the charging status. A functional, translucent skin with an indicator lighting display has been integrated into this adaptive floor console. The company pays great attention to detail when configuring the floor console area into an attractive, adaptive space for consumers under different usage scenarios.

Increased vehicle infotainment requirements create new opportunities to redesign the automotive interiors of the future, and Yanfeng’s multi-functional surfaces and decorative panels showcase an efficient way of supporting these requirements. The company seamlessly integrates multi-functional decorative panels with vehicle interiors. Not only does it improve the overall interior aesthetics of Yanfeng-designed interiors, but at the same time, the smart touch panel provides an interactive and responsive HMI experience which can be customized. A perfect fusion of the infotainment display and HMI system has been achieved by the seamless integration of the decorative panel into the vehicle’s interior surfaces when the functions are not activated. A display panel with touch functions operates the multi-functional control area and is protected by an elegant acrylic glass surface, to create a premium interior appearance.

New, Innovative Materials Such as Ceramic and Crystal for Deco Trim Available

Decorative trims based on innovative, ecologically friendly materials are gaining in popularity with consumers. With its consumer research and concept developments around the world, Yanfeng R&D teams have repeatedly presented that the company understands consumer and market trends. The company has applied its sophisticated ceramic injection molding process to produce decorative parts made with authentic ceramic material. Characteristic for ceramic surface integration is a smooth, glossy surface with a jade-like appearance. This ceramic material composition is thinner and more solid than real wood and aluminum decoration providing a new look and feel to the car interior with increased performance and -scratch resistance. The new decorative technology enables greater design freedom with its ceramic injection molding process, allowing more complex 3D geometry products to be produced more easily.

The crystal surfaces create a more luxurious experience, improving the overall appearance of the interior surface. The new crystal material shows various decorative effects, such as high-gloss silver or high-gloss black, with perfect use of ambient lighting. It also enables the innovative application of decorative film with hidden touch functions, creating 3D design options with a high gloss surface. The design and production processes benefit from ultra-small radii for tooling design. Yanfeng’s manufacturing strategy of in-house integration has resulted in the development of this injection molding process for transparent integrated crystal parts. The transparency of the new material composition also allows application of translucent surface effects with a unique protective layer.

Yanfeng Excels in Design and Function of Skin Technologies

Yanfeng can functionalize almost any material, and has even developed a robust manufacturing process to apply customizable backlighting effects with static or dynamic engraved patterns on soft-touch surfaces. With this process, the company can seamlessly integrate advanced lighting technologies into traditional leather or leather-like materials. The innovative, illuminated door panel surface of the touchIN demonstrator provides both static and dynamic engraved patterns. In addition, user-friendly HMI design and customizable patterns create unique ambient lighting effects on door surfaces, to enhance OEM brand identity with distinctive interior aesthetics.

The touchIN demonstrator also features Easy-to-Clean skin technology. Consumer expectations toward more eco-friendly and healthier lifestyles are continually increasing. As vehicle interiors become the next living space, the quality of in-car environments is becoming more important. Yanfeng continuously invests in new material innovation and application of key interior surfaces, as well as advanced manufacturing processes, such as solvent-free coating processes for odor-free and easy-to-clean skins. The company’s eco-friendly and non-toxic surfaces with a smooth touch experience greatly improves the passengers’ experience on board, as well as improving interior air quality. 

About Yanfeng Automotive Interiors:
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has approximately 110 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 20 countries and more than 33,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive suppliers in China and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. For more information, please visit www.YFAI.com.

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Astrid Schafmeister

Senior Manager Communications

Public Relations - Europe

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astrid.schafmeister@yfai.com

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