Autonomous technologies available today require some form of human intervention for effective performance. However, attaining complete autonomy will eliminate the human element from the driving equation. Based on the level of human intervention required, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) defines six levels of driving automation ranging from level 0 (L0, no automation) to level 5 (L5, fully autonomous). While various regulatory and ethical concerns plague the launch of L5 AVs, the increase in road tests of such vehicles suggests that it is only a matter of time before they get official approval.
This report provides an insight into the various implications autonomous vehicles could have on automotive interiors. It also provides a deep understanding of the disruption in the design language of vital interior components as their conventional roles are challenged.