The FACS - Future Automotive Cockpit & Storage project aims at the design, development and demonstration of a new architecture and new modules for the interior of professional vehicles (van type), seeking to anticipate the evolutionary trend of the automotive industry towards autonomous vehicles as well as the opportunities that this evolution brings to the commercial vehicles' interior.
These developments will allow for the integration of user-centred features into the cockpit of professional vehicles. Moreover, these features are regarded as being highly innovative, sustainable and differentiating when compared to everything else currently existing on the world market.
It is expected that the interior redesign of professional vehicles will evolve significantly in its configuration, meeting not only the transportation needs of occupants, cargo and
equipment, but also other needs and uses (such as working, communicating, eating and resting) arising from the free time provided by the operation of the autonomous vehicles. Thus, it is anticipated that vehicles in this category will move from mere cargo vehicles to sophisticated mobile offices, itinerant yards or entertainment lounges, functioning for their drivers and occupants as extensions of their offices or workshops. In this perspective, the new interior architecture must be compatible with a strong customization in accordance with the intended use.
We are, therefore, facing developments which represent not only major challenges, but also new opportunities for both the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) of the automotive industry and their component, modules and system suppliers.
PEUGEOT CITROEN AUTOMÓVEIS PORTUGAL
NOVEMBER 2017 - OCTOBER 2020
CO-FINANCED UNDER PORTUGAL 2020 PROGRAM
€ 1.104.117,76€ (from European Regional Development Fund)