Johnson Controls Inc. has been taking a show vehicle around Europe to demonstrate new interior features it expects to see on future production cars.
The car - based on a Volkswagen Passat - will make its public debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
Most innovations in the car center around a special overhead system. Although some of the innovations are already available on upmarket production cars, most are new features which Johnson Controls believes will reach the market over the next few years.
The overhead system incorporates a Homelink universal transmitter. Homelink offers controls for up to three different home security systems such as garage door, gates, or alarm systems.
It is also equipped with a TravelNote memo device; a TravelCom microphone and speaker system to allow front and rear seat passenger to talk more easily with each other; a PathPoint digital compass; and a PSI tire pressure information system that warns drivers of an impending loss of pressure in the tires.
The show car includes Johnson Controls' 'headline audio' system which is said the give a much clearer sound by separating high and low frequencies and reducing distortions. It also frees space in the cockpit and doors.
Elsewhere in the vehicle JCI sees potential for further comfort features to be built in to the interior - such as a massage function in seats. The show car's central headrest can be folded down into a rear seat armrest, including an LCD screen for an entertainment system.
JCI is also showing its Cargo Management System (CMS) to allow increased flexiblility in the use of the trunk space.