THE PROJECT

THE PROCESS

THE RESULT

DEVELOPING FIAT CHRYSLER'S

NEXT GENERATION CABIN EXPERIENCE

Over 3 months, I contacted & met with 7 suppliers and 23  companies across the tech. automotive,  higher education, and medical industries. I conducted a multitude of desk research and read through countless articles & publications. Afterwards, I concluded that biometrics should be applied to FCA vehicles in 3 key areas: (1) Identification, (2) Life on Board, and (3) Personal Wellness, varying based on each vehicle's specific use case. 

By the end of my internship, I created a confidential 52-page report containing my assessment of the current and upcoming technologies available in the Biometrics sector.  I then gave recommendations as to their implementation into key vehicles, including the RAM 1500, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger, and Chrysler Pacifica.

To address the increasingly wide-ranging demands of cars on the market today, automakers are starting to experiment with Biometric Technologies to up the anti in active interior comfort and safety. As a summer intern at Fiat Chrysler, I lo-oked into the current state and standards of Biometrics, and was tasked with addressing how  current and up-coming sol- utions should be deployed into future FCA products.

1) Dodge Hellcat Driving- Assessing the high speed needs of Dodge Challenger

at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, MI (as the passenger).

 

FCA RAM Interior

4) One of the tech industries greatest achievements in personal wellness, the Apple Watch uses ECG sensing to measure a user's heart rate and find any irregular rhythm. Other wearable devices studied include: Garmin, Samsung, Fitbit, and more. 

Meeting at Lear's Southfield location to discuss their Biobridge seating technology, which measures heart and respiratory rates, as well as driver and drowsiness. Technology to be available for production use around 2022. 

6) GENTEX - Meeting with Gentex Corporation to discuss their in-vehicle radar sensing technologies, which can determine if their are living, breathing humans and pets in vehicles.

7) FCA Design Center

8) Business Card from IEE's Jeff Niermann, one of the 7 automotive supplier's I met with to discuss their company's in-cabin sensing technologies. 

RAM 1500 Interior  (Top and Right Screen)

Suppliers

Talking to Enthusiasts to understand their needs

Looking at Apple Products

Competitor Testing