Here’s a concept with a difference. This is a new prototype center console from German supplier Preh Automotive, which has production cabin components for the all-new Audi A4.
Looking like something off the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, it’s called the PrehCon. It’s made entirely from what’s known in the interiors industry as black panel display technology. It means that when the driver gets behind the wheel he sees no buttons or lights – there’s only a flat black surface and the chrome detailing around the edge. But as soon as he touches the starter button everything comes to life, illuminated in smart ice-blue neon. That includes the icons on the switches which reveal what each one does. Note also the vibrant coloring on the side of the console, which could be programmed only to light up at night.
Features of the PrehCon include dual-zone climate control that works from a single knob, plus a special slot for Apple’s new iPhone.