LA Design Challenge 2014: Acura HMI Concept

Concept Cars 29 Oct 2014
LA Design Challenge 2014: Acura HMI Concept

The Acura Human/Machine Interface Concept is a study of a futuristic vehicle with a modular mesh structure that can flex and shape according to the passengers preferences.


The background envisioned by Honda R&D Americas designers for the year 2029 and for the Sensing the Future theme of the challenge is a world where most people use magnetic implants that allow a deeper level of interactivity with machines, with the ability of connecting with objects and modify them mentally and physically.

Acura HMI Concept - Design Panel This, in turn, allows technology not only to cater to the needs of a passenger, but also to anticipate them.The Acura concept consists of an exterior and interior shell, connected through a modular adjustable mesh that can flex and shape to custom-fit a passenger’s needs.

Acura HMI Concept - Design PanelThe interior is also constructed out of a fabric-like material that can be changed by simply pushing or pulling on surfaces that can accommodate one or two passengers. Acura HMI Concept - Design Panel Acura HMI Concept - Design Panel Acura HMI Concept - Design Panel With the help of biometrics and after repeated use, the vehicle will learn the preferences of each user and anticipate their needs by changing its shape.

Acura HMI Concept - Design Panel “The future interior of the autonomous Acura car will be a sandbox for creativity and usability, giving our vehicles a greater role in passengers’ everyday lives.”

Design Team

  • Lili Melikian, Design Lead
  • Lisa Lee, Design Lead
  • James Robbins, Designer
  • Johnathan Norman, Advisor
  • John Frye, Advisor
  • Michelle Christensen, Advisor
  • Dave Marek, Director

(Source: LA Auto Show)

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