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Video: Lincoln’s concept EV uses mood music and scents to calm passengers

22 April 2022

Lincoln, a subsidiary of Ford focused on electric vehicles (EVs), has unveiled a new concept EV designed to guide the features future cars will include.

Additionally, Lincoln plans to deliver three new fully EVs by mid-decade and will add a fourth by the end of 2026.

The concept combines the luxury of Lincoln’s car with a flexible electrical architecture to create new experiences for customers, the company said.

Called the Lincoln Star, the vehicle includes transparent pillars along with a full skylight with digital shade to allow natural light into the car; a curved horizonal display creates a digital panorama for the center control screen.

Maybe the most interesting feature of the concept vehicle and something that hasn’t really been explored in other concepts is the addition of sequenced sound, scents and lighting through the cabin to set certain moods while driving.

A symphonic orchestration with high resolution animations on the displays creates three moods inside the cabin. These include:

  • Coastal Morning – Uses oceanic sounds, a fragrance of sea mist and the warm glow of the sun with dynamic lighting replicate a stroll on the beach at sunrise.
  • Mindful Vitality – Uses upbeat audio, dynamic artwork, glowing lighting and flowery fragrance for re-energizing the driver and passengers.
  • Evening Chill – Uses a night soundtrack with night sky video and an evergreen fragrance.

Lincoln said the moods are built around the body’s circadian rhythm of morning, day and evening and content updates will be provided and personalized settings will also be available in the future.

With no gas engine, a front trunk gives more storage and electro-chromatic glass changes from transparent to opaque, allowing light in when the vehicle is in motion and darkening to hide stored valuables when parked. Under the front trunk, illuminated first-row floors flow into the interior for an open cabin.

A wing-shaped floating instrument panel features a digital briefcase concept with a hidden compartment in the rear coach door that provides safe storage of tablets and laptops as well as a charge pad for devices and detects wireless content for clients. The rear of the Lincoln Star concept features a lounge mode that transforms into outdoor seating.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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