Design Driven – The Development of New Materials in Automotive Interiors
Design is a critical component of the development of textile materials for automotive interiors. It contributes to the overall quality and cost of the vehicle interior. The appearance of the vehicle passenger cabin affects the perception and satisfaction of the occupants.
This research analyzes how a fabric is developed through the supply chain from concept to product launch. The interrelationships between designers at each tier level are considered.
The market factors are reviewed and the specific design issues important to fabric development in future transportation products are identified. This research reveals processes and considerations for new product development for academic and industrial consideration.