The Dramatic Visos Design Study | Part Four

Paul Campbell, Interior Designer, on Visos:

The inside of Visos is full to the brim with technology and innovation. My favourite part, though, is the sculpted instrument pod, mounted on the steering wheel. It consists of a large analogue circular dial flanked by two customisable LCD panels. This is another design element that demonstrates the dual personality with displays that can be either performance-orientated or luxury-inclined.

We have really loaded up the inside of Visos with useful technology. Yet it is designed to be accessible to people who are not technically minded. Most of the conventional dials and switches have been replaced by a high definition LCD monitor in the centre console. This allows easy, central control and assessment of all vehicle functions.

The LCD panels and monitors used in Visos are Sony screens that incorporate next generation LCD technology, which provides improved contrast and brightness.

We partnered with Sony to incorporate state-of-the-art electronics technology into Visos. Ford also worked with Biganimal Design, London to explore new ways to display and interact with information on the LCD screens. The result is systems that are intuitive to use, yet allow full control over all aspects of the car – from in-car entertainment, like DVDs, to the GPS Navigation system and the climate control system. The inside of Visos is just as exciting as its outside.

Visos interior in detail:

Few things are as changeable as people’s moods. Imagine being able to change the inside of your car to suit your mood – in exactly the same way that you can change your clothing or your make-up.

At the push of a button, the inside of the Visos can change from a laid-back saloon, into a sports car. The lighting, soft and calming in Comfort mode, can turn brighter, more purposeful – while the seats automatically reshape to hug your body. The steering wheel slides closer to the driver, and the angle of the seat adjusts to a more sports car like position. The instruments switch to Sport mode supplying an array of information to suit the keen driver and the gear lever is deployed from the centre console to operate the sequential shifter on the advanced ASM transmission.

Push the button again, and you’re back in Comfort mode. Gentle lighting is resumed and the seats are restored to a more comfort-orientated configuration. This defines the adaptability of the Visos and its ability to configure itself for two distinctly different driving modes.

Passenger needs are also fully catered for with the front passenger seat offering a full, first-class recline mode and an extending footrest. With the front passenger seat in non-recline mode the Visos provides adult-sized individual rear seats divided by the full-length centre console that runs from the instrument panel through to the rear bulkhead. Mounted on this console, between the rear seats, are dedicated controls for the rear seat audio/visual entertainment systems.

continues... | Part Five
Published 20 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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