EDAG + bosch soulmate concept samples future touch interface for drivers
all images courtesy of EDAG





developed with bosch, the EDAG ‘soulmate’ study attempts to understand user interactions for the future of mobility. it is a conceptual framework that not only makes the drive smart, but the 3D printed light cocoon of the body sets new standards. 


video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEhSGx8ncCU



the structure around the cockpit uses organic spatial shapes and faces which increases in strength but also leads to a significant reduction in weight. the body also serves as a light-transmitting skin that is illuminated from the inside. this not only enables continuous color customization, but can communicate warning signals internally and externally. 

the 3D printed ‘light cocoon‘ was first premiered in 2014



the interior screens and lighting developed by bosch interpret touch commands but also reinforce engagement with illumination and haptic feedback. intuitive controls in the ‘soulmate’ provide a safe and distraction-free drive. programmable around schedules and personal preferences, it can adjusts routes to tracks that allow automated driving, so the passengers can have more free time in the car.

the body is wrapped over LED luminescences 



furthermore, bosch built in a haptic display called ‘neosense’ that gives the driver a tactile option of operating mechanical buttons through a touchscreen. the system can produce different surface structures, so it can provide contrasting display elements. EDAG didn’t just want to create an extension to a smartphone. the ‘soulmate’ offers artificial intelligence to assist in daily tasks while on the move. 

the 3D printed parts led to a significant reduction in weight

passengers are surrounded by displays that adapt to different driving environments 

the screens also offer haptic feedback in response to touch controls   

the recaro haptic seats

the top view