According to Asahi Kasei, plastics and foams are more than just lightweight materials. They will prove to be a significant addition to the user experience in future automotive interiors. With shared autonomous cars being the main symbol for future mobility, the interior as we know it today will undergo a profound change, said the company. The steering wheel will disappear, the passengers will not have to focus on the traffic anymore. Seats, which now allow only position adjustments will be able to turn around completely. Roof and side windows will be bigger, to make the cabin brighter and to allow the passengers to enjoy the landscape surrounding them. With more time at hand, passengers will ask for more displays, audio systems, more entertainment features in general – but also for peace and quietness. As a result, the automotive interior of the future is going to become a space of comfort and relaxation – a new living space. But these new expectations are challenging the car manufacturers, since every additional feature will add to the overall weight of the car, said Asahi Kasei.