Auto Makers Rethink the Car With Swivel Seats, Self-Cleaning Buttons and Window Art

When Bertha Benz, wife and business partner of German inventor Karl Benz, took the first long-distance ride in an automobile, her husband’s newly patented motorcar, one August day in 1888, it was little more than a horse-drawn carriage with an engine.

That has been mostly the case for the past 132 years. It’s about to change.

The space inside the car that is designed for its operator and passengers is built around the mechanical requirements of the car’s engine, transmission and other components. The seating still resembles a coach, though more comfortable, and the engine is more powerful.

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