I’m just getting around more. See new cars, meet people developing them. This is one of the reasons why no crisis can destroy my passion for cars. There are designs, innovations, crazy ideas that I get excited about.
There is a lot of talk at the moment about interiors, about vehicles as living space, as living rooms. How have our living spaces changed? Three-seater sofa, armchair, wall unit, the whole room focused on the TV? It’s (still) similar with cars: everything that’s interesting is focused on the driver, the rest is secondary. But it won’t stay that way. Cars should drive autonomously, be cinemas, waiting rooms, game consoles, oases of well-being.
Hyundai’s chief designer Sang Yup Lee spends hours watching people with their cars. He “caught” father and son playing computer games on a folding table in the car because they weren’t allowed to do so in the apartment. In the Model 3 from Tesla, the steering wheel and pedals are already working today. Cars sit around 23 hours a day, bringing them to life isn’t the worst idea.