February 2, 2023

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Chrysler’s cockpit concept is a preview of our future with lots of screens and buttons

By 2028, the legendary American car brand Chrysler wants to be an all-electric company. As such, it needs an interior that complements and accentuates this transition to a zero-emission future. Today, Chrysler unveiled a “demonstrator” cockpit designed to showcase a host of new technologies that the automaker’s future EV owners can expect to have at their fingertips.

Hopefully those future owners will hate physical buttons because if these pictures are any indication there won’t be any. However, there will be many screens.

The demonstrator is designed to bring together a variety of Stellantis-branded software

The demonstrator will bring together a variety of Stellantis-branded software, including the STLA Brain operating system, STLA AutoDrive Level 3 driver assistance and the STLA Smart Cockpit infotainment system. The Synthesis concept is designed to present all of these products together as a unified system.

According to Chrysler, its cockpit demonstrator aims to help “manage the friction and chaos of everyday life with thoughtfully connected technology with a contemporary, sustainable environment that anticipates and delivers harmony in motion with every customer experience.” Chrysler envisions its vehicles achieving this by anticipating the driver’s needs before they even get into the vehicle.

The vehicle’s software syncs all your calendar and smart home data, remembering when and where your appointments are as it begins planning your day. This includes navigating to all your destinations, pausing EV charging along the way if needed. Upon entering the vehicle, you will be greeted by a virtual assistant who will verify your identity using “biometric recognition”.

The vehicle will be equipped with level 3 driver assistance, ie it will be able to handle all driving tasks within a certain area, like on a motorway, without human intervention. In other words: driving without hands and without eyes. (Experts say this type of driver assistance feature can be extremely dangerous, depending on how it’s implemented.)

Chrysler also promises fun and wellness features, including meditation, karaoke, and DJ games. Many automakers are chasing Tesla by offering in-car gaming experiences, and Chrysler seems poised to jump on the bandwagon.

The Synthesis cockpit design was inspired by Chrysler’s Airflow, which was presented in concept form at last year’s CES. Expected to go into production in 2025, the concept should serve as a preview of what’s to come. Despite its backward-looking branding – Airflow is a historic nameplate for the automaker – the concept car is a nod to the “future direction” for the nearly 100-year-old car company