Swiss car designer Rinspeed and Bayer MaterialScience claim their "Senso" concept car - headed for Geneva in March - feeds the senses as its name reflects what it actually does: it "senses" the driver and adjusts to him/her.

This is especially important as the risk of an accident is significantly reduced if the person behind the wheel is relaxed and wide awake, the two firms claim.

This project uses a sophisticated system of sensors developed by the Universities of Zurich and Innsbruck. Smart Surface Technology, a new 3D-formable electroluminescent film from Bayer MaterialScience and the Swiss electronics specialist Lumitec, uses biometric data and other information to create an appropriate level of light for the driver, "thereby having a positive effect on him/her".

The environmentally friendly Senso runs on CO2-reducing natural gas and puts the central focus on the driver as an individual and appeals to the emotions thanks to its unusual design. It also features an innovative outer skin coating.