What’s Coming in Auto Design?

A few end-of-the-year thoughts from experts at Bayer MaterialScience on major trends in automotive design for 2014:

  • Touchscreens will become more prevalent in instrument panels.  One sign of things to come is the 17-inch screen in the Tesla Model S.maxresdefault
  • Trends toward energy-efficiency and heightened styling point to greater use of LED lighting for headlamps. Use of LEDs is nothing new for high-end cars, but now entry-level cars such as the 2013 Kia Rio 5 feature stylish LED headlamps. Use of LEDs in high/low beams is already in production. 
  • Increased use of lightweight materials will keep OEMs on track to meet stringent mile-per-gallon federal guidelines that start in 2017. Powertrain improvements will also keep automakers on the road to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.


About Doug Smock

Former Chief Editor at Plastics World and Senior Technical Editor Design News

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