Coronavirus may change car designMay 1, 2020
Coronavirus delays the discovery of countless models and will have a longer impact on the global auto industry than previously thought.
As Daimler chief designer Gorden Wagener explained, “a pandemic will change our minds about how we will feel safe and luxurious in the future.” He was supported by Felix Kilbertus of Rolls-Royce, who said that “the future will more than ever be connected with freedom of travel, and these cars will manifest themselves more than ever in their interiors.”
This probably means automakers will focus on providing a healthier interior. While a number of companies already offer state-of-the-art air filtration systems, Jaguar Land Rover is experimenting with ultraviolet light to stop the spread of bacteria and viruses. Last year, the company noted that ultraviolet light technology could be part of a climate control system to neutralize harmful pathogens. This is certainly an interesting idea, given how coronavirus spreads.
Some automakers such as Mercedes are even experimenting with improving outside air. Wagener did not go into details, but hinted: “We are working on the idea that a car can actually remove bad things from the air and almost clear the air.”
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