Focus: Interior Lighting

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The end of the age of speed is having a profound effect on the way car designers are thinking about interiors, and especially their lighting. Previously, focus was on the driver: the switchgear and cockpit were angled and lit to ensure very little got in the way of single-minded concentration ...

The end of the age of speed is having a profound effect on the way car designers are thinking about interiors, and especially their lighting. Previously, focus was on the driver: the switchgear and cockpit were angled and lit to ensure very little got in the way of single-minded concentration on the road ahead.

“Before, you wanted to go as fast as possible, like a jet fighter,” Klaus Bischoff, head of design, Volkswagen, told Interior Motives at the Frankfurt auto show, where he was unveiling the compact, electric ID.3. “Now it starts to be more relaxed. The car is taking on more responsibility so that after a stressful day, this is your private room. We want to give the people the feeling you’re home. Lighting is one way we play with that.”

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