Han Hendriks, vice president of advanced product development at Johnson Controls, claims the concept could prove especially useful for vehicles that are used by carsharing services.
In addition to developing plastic surfaces that can change colours, researchers are said to be working on odour filters to minimize any traces left behind by the vehicle's previous user.
Johnson Controls is conducting research through a $7.5 billion-a-year joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. There are three technical centres located in Dusseldorf (Germany), Shanghai (China) and Holland (Michigan).
For now, colour-changing interior surfaces are mere simulations. Johnson Controls is engaged in more immediate research, like sorting out the preferences of China's young and not-so-young drivers.
Source : autonews.com