Smart Fabrics Could Weave Their Way Into Future BMWs
New technology at forefront of next-generation inputs
Researchers have developed a flexible, polymer-based fiber that can be woven into fabrics, creating a pad that records touches and swipes when alternating current runs through the fibers. The material can be cleaned like regular fabrics, marking a big improvement from first iterations.
While working on its ConnectedDrive driver assistance system last year, BMW used a similar concept while embedding panels in seats and the dash. The automaker is examining the technology, but there's no timeline on when it might arrive in the market.
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