Chrysler has yet to deliver an electric car or otherwise jump into the future, but it’s at least ready to hint at what that future will look like. The Stellantis brand is debut a Synthesis Cockpit concept at CES that previews what to expect from next-generation electric vehicles. Most notably, the two-seat demonstrator is based on Level 3 self-driving technology – meaning it assumes you can take your hands off the wheel in restricted conditions.
The 37.2-inch infotainment display area offers the usual media and navigation controls, but is also designed to be useful during active autonomous driving. You can join video calls, play games, sing karaoke, or even create your own music. It’s not clear how this would integrate into a production car (the concept doesn’t include a steering wheel), but Chrysler joins Mercedes, Tesla and other automakers in offering drivers in-car productivity and entertainment apps.
AI, unsurprisingly, plays a big role. A virtual assistant syncs your schedule, smart home and weather updates to the car. Synthesis can include your calendar and battery level in your route or turn on the house lights when you arrive home. The cockpit can learn your preferences and recommend restaurants with good charging and parking options. Over-the-air updates promise simpler improvements to both the cabin tech and the self-propelled system.
Chrysler is also following the trend towards environmentally friendly interiors. Both seats have vegetable tanned covers with “upcycled” covers, while the instrument panel surface is made entirely of recycled plastic. Even the floor uses responsibly sourced walnut, says Chrysler. The overall look was inspired by last year’s Airflow EV concept.
It’s not certain when you’ll see elements of Synthesis in Chrysler cars. However, the company previously said it would launch its first electric vehicle in 2025 and offer a full portfolio in 2028. That still puts Chrysler behind other vehicle brands (including other Stellantis brands like Maserati) that are already using electric vehicles and advanced infotainment platforms. However, the American company seems to be at least solidifying its transformation plans – it won’t be relying on hybrid minivans for too long.
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