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Brief Published: 9 Nov 2012

Nissan’s Skin-Soft Leather


Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is developing a new material for its car interiors that emulates the texture and feel of human skin after research discovered it is the most comforting surface.

The project, entitled Premium fEEL Interior Concept (PEEL), includes comprehensive studies to discover which textures and surfaces give maximum comfort. The results indicate that the most comforting feel is from a material with slightly less compression than a fingertip and the roughness of a fingerprint.

In order to emulate human skin, Nissan is considering the flexibility, temperature, smoothness and moisture of the material. The company is using semi-aniline leather with a textured and pigmented protective coating to create the fingerprint patterns and uniquely surface.