Electronics and Semiconductors

CES 2020: Next-generation automotive digital cockpit to be demonstrated

03 January 2020
One of the new automotive cockpits that will be showcased at CES 2020. Source: Visteon

Visteon Corp. will showcase a range of next-generation digital cockpit technology platforms designed for safety and to enhance driving experience.

The company will display four cockpit electronics technology platforms in four core areas: driver information, for digital clusters and multi-display modules; SmartCore, for cockpit domain controllers; DriveCore, for safety domain controllers for Level 2 automated driving; and infotainment, for android-based infotainment solutions.

The digital displays will bridge the gap between liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) display technologies. The cockpit will deliver exceptional brightness and contrast with a rich color gamut while keeping automotive standards in mind, Visteon said.

The company will also premiere a flexible rotating glass cockpit, which bends around the driver in sport mode or bends back to flat mode to allow the front passenger to view the display.

The goal is to establish human-machine interaction (HMI) between the driver and vehicle for seamlessly enabling advanced automated safety functions, offering a smooth transition from Level 2-plus to higher levels of autonomy.

“The cockpit is evolving to a fully digital environment with multiple curved, flexible displays that show information about the driving environment, vehicle dynamics and safety, as well as connected multimedia content,” said Sachin Lawande, Visteon president and CEO. “This transition requires the development of several new technologies to enhance the complete driving experience. As a global leader in multi-display modules and centralized computers, we will show our latest innovations that address this digital transformation at CES.”

The driver information cockpit includes multiple displays integrated with a glass cover lens ranging from 3D clusters with safety alerts and bright colors. The infotainment cockpit includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technologies for smartphone projection as well as a voice assistant for in-car use without cloud connectivity.

The SmartCore cockpit connects HMI across the digital cluster, infotainment, rear-seat infotainment, surround view and in-cabin sensing of driver drowsiness, attentiveness and facial recognition. Finally, the DriveCore will address multiple levels of vehicle automation, focusing on Level 2-plus consisting of hardware, in-vehicle middleware and PC-based software for sensor fusion and AI/machine learning algorithms.

CES 2020 takes place Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.

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