Visteon Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive cockpit solutions, is developing the digital cockpit for future cars which will not only be smart but will also have the ability to learn. New technologies will be necessary in the age of the autonomous vehicle and Visteon is looking at cockpit advancements to making motoring safer.
The company’s integrated solutions are aimed at improving safety on the road while enabling seamless access to information – from personal devices, the vehicle and the cloud – using the latest innovations in technology.
One development is a high-powered cockpit domain controller that integrates the instrument cluster, infotainment and other cockpit functions into a single ECU with advanced graphics, over-the-air software updates, and state-of-the-art cybersecurity. Large high-resolution displays that are curved and non-rectangular will deliver an enhanced viewing experience without limiting interior panel design.
A scalable autonomous domain controller for Level 2 and higher automated driving can be integrated with the cockpit domain controller for seamless interaction with the driver. Here, a machine learning-based voice recognition and text-to-speech solution can offer a natural language, conversational ‘smart assistant’.
“The shift toward electric cars and improved automated driving technology is an opportunity to rethink the cockpit in terms of how drivers and passengers interact with the vehicle and their surroundings,” said Visteon President & CEO Sachin Lawande. “As vehicles become more automated, there is a need for fresh approaches to the human-machine interface in the cockpit – to ensure control can shift safely and seamlessly between the driver and the vehicle, and to keep occupants informed, engaged and entertained.
Visteon has integration between its SmartCore cockpit domain controller and the scalable DriveCore autonomous driving controller, which combine to create a seamless HMI between the driver and the vehicle. This interface manages the experience of drivers and passengers as the vehicle seamlessly takes control from the driver or gives it back.
“In addition to developing self-driving technology, Visteon has been focused on improving the experience of the driver and passengers in the increasingly more automated cars of the future,” Lawande said. “As cars take over the driving function, it is important for the occupants to understand and trust the vehicle’s actions, and for the vehicle to sense its surroundings and the driver’s readiness to resume control. We are focused on delivering a comprehensive, flexible and scalable digital cockpit solution for Level 3 and higher applications.”
High-resolution digital displays that are not just flat and rectangular are critical for the all-digital cockpits of the future. As displays get larger, the flat and rectangular-shaped display does not allow for the best viewing experience, or for the industrial design of the interior.
Visteon has developed an array of digital displays based on LCD and OLED technologies, including some with curved and non-rectangular shapes. The company also has its new VX display solution that offers integrated haptic feedback, proximity sensing and knob-on-glass features.
Machine learning has emerged as a key new technology for solving problems – such as voice and image recognition – that have proven to be very difficult for conventional programming techniques. Visteon’s in-vehicle conversational smart assistant uses machine learning for voice recognition. The Visteon “say ‘n serve” smart assistant solution is designed to use natural language processing for onboard or offboard commands in cars without always needing cloud connectivity.
In addition, a driver monitoring solution also uses machine learning technology. The Visteon “see ‘n sense” in-cabin monitoring solution offers head-pose detection, gaze detection and identification capabilities that are key for enhanced safety.