Yanfeng unveils digital luxury concept car XiM23 in Europe
Neuss, Germany - 30 November 2022. The XiM23 concept is a vision of future luxury from leading global automotive supplier, Yanfeng. Inspired by the company's recently released Luxury Research Study, the XiM23 uses interior experience modes to show the company's broad integration capabilities, where digital technologies and innovations transform the interior's features into a user-centric, luxury experience.
"When discussing how luxury will evolve, two schools of thought emerge in discussions with our customers," said Tim Shih, Vice President of Design and User Experience for Yanfeng Technology (YFT). "The first is a focus on digital technology driving the user experience, while the second relies on traditional symbols of luxury like premium materials and finishes. What our research revealed - and what we've explored in the XiM23 - is that a luxury solution is not one or the other, but rather a dynamic combination of both to create holistic and highly personalized interior experiences."
Calm & Rich Modes unlock users' luxury experiences
Through unique experience modes, the XiM23 shows how traditionally luxurious features can be elevated with technology integrations, becoming infinitely flexible and intelligently orchestrated to address the five aspects of luxury (Simplicity, Service, Personalization, Control, and Comfort), meeting users' wants, needs, and preferences.
Connected to a mobile app, the XiM23 recognizes passengers, adjusting its settings to the preferences designated by the driver. Upon approach, the XiM23's mono-post front seats pivot and the rear seats slide forward for easy ingress, serving as a welcome to occupants. This initial experience, known as Calm Mode, is visually simple and elegant. No screens are present and the ambient lighting of the interior is soft and airy.
Once the XiM23 recognizes that the driver is settled, the front seats return to their forward-facing positions, and the steering wheel, outfitted with secret-till-lit lighting and controls, illuminates. Simultaneously, a slim, curved, pillar-to-pillar 8K display rises from the instrument panel, as well as two slim touch displays nestled in the floor console.
When users desire to transition from the serene Calm Mode to the more interactive experience of Rich Mode, the power is in their hands via the multi-controller, a "phygital" innovation combining a physical dial with gestural controls and interactive smart surfaces. By hovering a hand over the multi-controller for a few seconds, the Rich Mode experience is activated, and the interior begins to change dramatically. The ambient lighting tones of the interior shift and brighten and the instrument panel display rises from 50mm to 100mm, revealing additional features and offerings for occupants to select. The two center console displays extend fully, accessible for all occupants and providing additional options for service, personalization, and comfort.
Autonomous driving enables more immersive, rich experiences
In both the Calm and Rich modes, the vehicle defaults to a manual driving scenario with level two assisted driving features such as blind spot monitoring, hands-off detection, and forward collision warning augmented with interior lighting. When users are ready for a level four autonomous experience it's as simple as clicking the steering wheel's illuminated "Autodrive" button.
"Including level four autonomy in the XiM23 concept allowed the team to further explore interior experiences, unconstrained by the safety requirements of manual driving," said Shih. "For Yanfeng, this broadened scope is a glimpse into the future, showcasing how mobility experiences can evolve as autonomous technology advances."
As the XiM23 transitions to fully autonomous, multi-sensory experiences become fully immersive. Lighting is further enhanced with overhead illumination and projections, while all four seats recline. In the rear, passengers enjoy a deep, zero-gravity seat position plus massage with Yanfeng's Hover Seat. A theater-like ambiance brings all eyes to the front of the cabin, where the pillar-to-pillar display fully extends to 200mm for users to enjoy music, movies, or other content tailored to their journey.
"The XiM23 concept evolves Yanfeng's eXperience in Motion (XiM) principle into the luxury segment. Society's shifting values, which Yanfeng first examined in its 2018 Quality of Life study and further pursued with this most recent luxury research study, reflect a continuous shift away from possessions and towards experiences," said Shih. "With a complete automotive portfolio including seating, safety, cockpit electronics, and interiors, Yanfeng is well positioned to deliver new and compelling experiences into the automotive and future mobility space."
The XiM23 concept car will be featured at the company's European headquarters in Neuss, Germany, until summer 2023.
For more information, please visit: https://www.yanfeng.com/en/xim23.
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Yanfeng is a leading global automotive supplier, focusing on interior, exterior, seating, cockpit electronics and passive safety. Yanfeng has more than 240 locations and approximately 67,000 employees worldwide. The technical team of 4,200 experts is located at 10 R&D centers and other regional offices, with complete capabilities including engineering, software development, design and user experience, as well as test validation. Focusing on smart cabin and lightweight technology, Yanfeng supports automakers to explore future mobile spaces and provide leading cabin solutions.
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