The Opel Monza Concept, which made its debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, is meant to showcase the future technologies and design language we might see on Opel’s of the future. Opel says two focuses will take them into the future of automotive development, efficiency and connectivity, and the Monza is a pioneer in both.
The Monza, while stunning on the outside, is an otherworldly display of technological innovation on the inside. Gone are the individual screens and displays, instead, information is displayed on a surface which sweeps across the cabin from door-to-door. The display uses LED lights to project 3D images from the monitor from precise vehicle information to internet applications and decorative elements.
“The Opel Monza Concept breaks the conventions of automobile design, particularly in the interior,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann in a statement. “With trailblazing LED projection technology, we create a completely new infotainment world with a unique sense of space.”
When it came to how the display presents information, Opel engineers wanted it to be clear and efficient. They focused on the best way to make relevant driving data available to the driver, so navigation, smartphone and other settings are only presented when it is relevant or desired by the driver. This allows the user to make use of a wide range of information without being overwhelmed by text or images.
The infotainment system in the Monza uses three “worlds” of connectivity to control the infotainment system – ME, US and ALL.
With ME the infotainment system only provides information to the driver that is relevant to his or her driving experience, for example data on the engine and road conditions. US allows passengers of the Monza to log in to the cars infotainment system with their own smartphone and exchange images, music, make appointments, chat etc. ALL allows the driver to connect to the outside world and, for example, share their planned driving route on the internet so that people can catch a ride along the way.
Opel says the infotainment system in the Monza proves how far ahead its designers and engineers are thinking, so that the next generation of vehicles can contribute to a “harmonious, connected society.” AKA, everybody will know where you’re going, what you’re driving, and where you’ve been.