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7:30 to 8:15 am- Registration / Breakfast / Networking
8:15 to 9:30 am - Breakout Sessions in the Johnson Controls meeting rooms
Perfecting the HMI
Since the debut of the BMW iDrive, the modern Human Machine Interface has both amazed and confounded consumers. After more than a decade of development, the HMI is better than ever, but still a source of customer dissatisfaction. Panelists will discuss what can be done to truly meet consumer wants and needs.
Comfort and Aesthetics
New materials, processes and technologies that enhance comfort and convenience for consumers and help designers create more aesthetically pleasing interiors.
Designing with Light
Ambient lighting now is one of the most important instruments in the designer’s toolbox. How else can it be used to surprise and delight consumers?
9:45 to 10:30 am - Keynote Speaker on the IAC Center Stage
Director, Global Interior Design Strategy, Ford Motor Co.
10:30 am to 11:00 am - Networking Break sponsored by WJR
11:00 am to 12:15 pm - Breakout Sessions in the Johnson Controls meeting rooms
An in-depth look at the latest materials and processes that are transforming vehicle interiors.
Using Connectivity to Find Happiness
Connectivity is fundamentally changing the way vehicles and drivers interact with the outside world. This session will explore the role the vehicle interior and its systems can play in enhancing and simplifying people's lives both inside and outside the vehicle.
Thinking Outside the Box
What can the auto industry learn from other industries? What ideas can designers adapt from the environment and other cultures to make better interiors? How will new technologies such as autonomous vehicles change interior design?
12:30 to 1:15 pm - Plated Lunch sponsored by Henkel
1:15 to 1:30 pm - WardsAuto Interiors Student Design Competition, sponsored by IAC and Lear, on the IAC Center Stage
1:30 to 2:15 pm - Ward's 10 Best Interiors Awards on the IAC Center Stage
2:15 to 2:45 pm - Networking Break sponsored by WJR
2:45 to 3:30 pm - Keynote Speaker on the IAC Center Stage
3:45 to 5:00 pm - Breakout Sessions in the Johnson Controls meeting rooms
Interiors will play a crucial role in reducing weight and creating more space in smaller vehicles to help auto makers meet future corporate average fuel-economy targets. This session will look at the latest concepts in design and materials.
The Future of Luxury
With traditional luxury cues moving into mainstream vehicles, creating a premium ambience that is truly original and authentic becomes harder every year. What avenues are left to explore? Where is luxury headed in the future?