The subject of vehicle sharing and autonomy is close to heart and frequently the topic of collaborations between CMF designers and Transportation designers here at CCS. MINI and the team at BMW are testing concepts where different configurations are built in to suit user’s preferences, treating the interior and exterior as a “blank canvas” for customer personalization. Another question that is on everyone’s minds is how to manage the materials aspect of shared ownership. Here is Mini’s approach recently reported by dezeen.com
” Sharing cars intensively would increase the general wear and tear of vehicles, so MINI has investigated the use hard-wearing materials for the interior.The vehicle’s floor, roof lining and side-panel trim would be made out of recycled plastic and aluminium.The storage net behind the steering wheel would made from lightweight basalt and the lower section of the seat would be finished in a recycled cellulose material similar to paper.
The novel use of materials included deliberately allows a patina to develop through use, ensuring they retain a long-lasting and sophisticated appearance,” said MINI design chief Anders Warming.