ZF has developed "Concept 2020", a vehicle cockpit with controls that are as simple as possible. Support in this project was provided by the fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrtwesen mbH (a research company for automotive engineering) in Aachen.
The concept seat, including seatbelts, belt tensioners and airbags, is the first result of the cooperation between ZF and Faurecia, the French interior specialist.
The new steering wheel is the interface via which driver and vehicle communicate with each other. Gesture controls and advanced hand recognition technology replace levers and buttons. The steering wheel constantly displays who is steering – the driver or the vehicle – which is an important function when changing between autonomous and manual driving modes.