Seating Trends Spotlight

Canoo car open

Car designers have been exploring different seating configurations in expectation of self-driving technology

Autonomy, scenarios such as ride-sharing, and the flat-floored cabins of electric vehicles purpose-designed for mobility services mean that ever-more living room-like layouts are being created, complete with seating which is more like domestic furniture.

“In current cars, every seat feels like its own compartment, and when it is empty, it feels like a waste of space,” said Richard Kim, design director of mobility service start-up canoo, at the California unveiling of canoo’s first vehicle (September 2019). This monospace was conceived as an “urban loft on wheels: totally open, totally spacious, totally clean,” Kim explained, its skateboard chassis enabling this concept. “Even the rear seat, so cramped and awkward in many vehicles, is designed like a sectional sofa. It creates a place for travelling, but also for hanging out and relaxing in a loft-like space.” 

We’re glad you’re enjoying Car Design News

To continue reading this article and others like it SIGN-IN or SUBSCRIBE TODAY

For a one-time only 30 DAY FREE TRIAL REGISTER HERE

This article is available to CDN subscribers only
SUBSCRIBE TODAY to gain full access

CDN Comp Tablet phone image2

The benefits of your subscription include:

Access to motor show and concours coverage, trend and technology reports, design reviews of new and classic concept and production cars, exclusive interviews, regional reports, who’s where, design essays, career resources, design competitions, regular newsletter updates PLUS comprehensive degree show reports from the world’s leading design schools, the CDN archive of sketches, images and articles spanning 20 years of coverage.


An online subscription also gains you access to exclusive designer interviews from our annual Car Design Review yearbook, and access to exclusive interior design reviews from Interior Motives magazine. You can also receive Interior Motives in print through our online + print subscription, or buy individual copies of Interior Motives and Car Design Review.


Fees start from £55/€60/$70. Packages available for students, individuals, schools and corporates.

cdn-newspress-award-banner      cdn-newspress-award-banner

Gain full access to subscribe today

For a one-time only 30 DAY FREE TRIAL REGISTER HERE

ALREADY SUBSCRIBED - Individual, Studio, Student or School

You now need to register your details and sign-in for full access to

here