Smart surface embedded displays are reckoned to be the Next Big Thing in terms of car interior trends. Secondary capacitive touch surfaces using hard coated films can also be applied to certain parts of the interior. Morphing buttons and tactile controls are being heralded as a further way to create a better and more intuitive user experience. The trend for shared mobility and the need to keep interior surfaces clean, especially during a pandemic, certainly makes the task of sterilising such areas safer and easier. And with autonomous vehicles on the horizon, the possibilities for interactive surfaces are endless. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s series of research snapshots, Matthew Beecham assesses just how smart interiors are becoming.