May 9, 2019  |  Suburban Collection  |  Novi, Michigan

2019 AGENDA

7:30a – 8:15a

Registration and Breakfast

8:30a – 9:15a

Breakout Sessions 1 & 2:

HOW AUTONOMY WILL DRIVE A MATERIALS RETHINK
An in-depth look at how materials will change to serve the needs of autonomous vehicle occupants and drive a new aesthetic that specifically suits self-driving vehicles.

CREATING THE ULTIMATE USER EXPERIENCE
Creating strong brands and differentiating products used to be about styling and driving dynamics. Now it’s about creating memorable, personalized experiences. This session will focus on strategies and technologies for integrating mobile devices and biometrics to soothe, entertain, inform and protect.

9:30a – 10:15a

Morning Keynote

DENNIS SARTORELLO
Chief Designer, Global Strategic Design, Ford Motor Company

10:15a – 10:45a

Networking Break

10:45a – 11:30a

Breakout Sessions 3 & 4:

ADVANCED DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING
Panelists will detail transformative technologies that use immersive environments, digitalized processes and industry 4.0 to enable global teams to design and manufacture world-class interiors.

THE NEXT-GENERATION COCKPIT
Autonomy is coming, but we still will be driving for quite a while. How are displays, controls and creature comforts evolving to meet the changing needs of tomorrow’s consumer?

11:45a – 12:30p

Plated Lunch

12:30p – 12:45p

College for Creative Studies Student Design Competition – Sponsored by IAC and Lectra

12:45p – 1:30p

Wards 10 Best Interiors Awards

1:30p – 2:15p

Afternoon Keynote

ANDREW HILL
Director of UX, Data and AI, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development

2:15p – 2:30p

Networking Break

2:30p – 3:15p

Breakout Sessions 5 & 6:

VOLVO’S INTERIOR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
Tisha Johnson, Vice President Interior Design, Volvo Car Group, has a long track record in creating premium car interiors, including the top-of-the-line S90 sedan and the lounge console and child seat for the ultra-luxurious Excellence cars. She also has been deeply involved in assessing the potential impact of a future with self-driving cars on car interiors as part of the design team that created the 360c autonomous concept. In this session, she will discuss details about the development of the new V60 wagon and Volvo’s design philosophy as the industry moves into a new era.

HOW VEHICLE SHARING, COMMERCIAL RIDE-HAILING FLEETS WILL CHANGE INTERIORS
The concept of personal mobility is changing rapidly. Future vehicle interiors must adapt to rapidly expanding user scenarios and deliver future interiors that are more flexible, durable and capable of providing privacy in close quarters.

3:30p – 4:15p

Breakout Sessions 7 & 8:

DESIGNING SPECIFICALLY FOR FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
We’ve all seen the living-room-on-wheels concepts. Now it’s time to take a pragmatic look at the prospects and challenges for Level 4 and above vehicles. Speakers from Continental and Autoliv will discuss the design opportunities AVs offer in commercial and consumer applications, as well as the significant crash-safety hurdles posed by out-of-position occupants.

NEW CONCEPTS AND TECH FOR ENHANCING INTERIORS
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors will detail its XiM20 fully autonomous concept loaded with consumer experiences that are customizable to passengers’ preferences to better suit their journey. OSRAM Opto Semiconductors will talk about future trends for LEDs and lighting that promise to transform vehicle interiors and even address issues with motion sickness in AVs.

4:15p – 5:00p

Networking Reception

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