Consumer requirements for their vehicles’ interior never seem to stop. It was not that long ago that gear shifts, mechanical displays and rough plastic prevailed in interior car design. Nowadays, high-end materials, touch screens and digital instruments are a “must have“. High-tech glass and fiber optics are creating a distinct ambience and are opening the door to new possibilities for automotive designers.

In the near future computers will define a car’s cockpit. A minimized interior design is already being customized during production. Many control functions and display features are digital. Creating an oasis of comfort and security.

Car manufacturers find themselves faced with the challenge of how to satisfy all of the needs for innovation. All while keeping the overall weight of the vehicle as low as possible to keep electric cars running longer and to reduce exhaust emission of a combustion engine.

Enabling unknown moods
Because glass is an inorganic, ageless substance, it is ideally suited for the pioneering technology of car interiors. In contrast to many other materials, glass has numerous benefits – it offers both beauty and strength. Glass’ optical properties make it extremely scratch-resistant, allowing touch screens to be integrated under trim components even the most elongated trim.

To date, glass has been sparingly utilized in interior car design. Reasons being that glass must be extremely strong so that it does not lead to further injuries when accidents happen. Secondly, a high degree of malleability is essential in order to fit futuristic, curved designs. Lastly, the need to be as lightweight as possible, which, when considering glass, is not an obvious assumption.