The smart, dig­i­tal cock­pit ex­pe­ri­ence

Auto components India - - CONTENTS - By: Bi­noy Paul, Engi­neer­ing Di­rec­tor, Vis­teon Corporation

The driv­ers and the pas­sen­gers to­day look for­ward to per­son­al­ized in-car ex­pe­ri­ence and seam­less ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion from per­sonal de­vices, the ve­hi­cle and the cloud. As the level of au­to­ma­tion in­creases, the cock­pit will trans­form to be­come a smart, learn­ing, mo­bile as­sis­tant; a sys­tem that is al­ways con­nected, au­to­mat­i­cally learns in the back­ground and pro­vides con­tex­tual in­for­ma­tion as and when re­quired; im­prov­ing safety at the same time.

Ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies from Vis­teon will power this smart dig­i­tal cock­pit and some of the high­lights of this cock­pit elec­tron­ics ar­chi­tec­ture will in­clude: 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-ofthe-art cy­ber se­cu­rity; large high- res­o­lu­tion dis­plays to de­liver an en­hanced view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; a scal­able au­tonomous do­main con­troller for Level 2 and higher au­to­mated driv­ing that is in­te­grated with the cock­pit do­main con­troller for seam­less in­ter­ac­tion with the driver; and a ma­chine learn­ing-based voice recog­ni­tion and text-to-speech so­lu­tion for a nat­u­ral lan­guage, con­ver­sa­tional smart as­sis­tant.


As the in­dus­try shifts to­ward dig­i­tal clus­ters and in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems as stan­dard equip­ment, the SmartCore-based in­te­grated cock­pit do­main con­troller is a very ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for car man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Vis­teon was the first to de­liver a cock­pit do­main con­troller on a pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle – the Mercedes-Benz A Class – last year. Vis­teon is the clear mar­ket leader in this seg­ment. We have se­cured sev­eral SmartCore pro­grammes that will be launched be­tween now and 2020. We see con­tin­ued pos­i­tive re­sponse for SmartCore as the in­dus­try tran­si­tions to elec­tric and au­tonomous ve­hi­cles.

Large Dis­plays

Dis­plays will play a crit­i­cal role in the evo­lu­tion of au­tonomous ve­hi­cles. Larger, smarter dis­plays will sweep the cock­pit area to cre­ate an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for all oc­cu­pants. Vis­teon’s de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are trans­form­ing the shape of ve­hi­cle dis­plays with sur­faces arch­ing across the en­tire dash­board, in­cor­po­rat­ing photo-re­al­is­tic colour ren­der­ing and con­trast, freeform shapes, flow­ing curves and slim pro­files. The new gen­er­a­tion of dis­plays also of­fer a deeper, more en­gag­ing user ex­pe­ri­ence with in­te­grated fea­tures such as hap­tics, force sens­ing, prox­im­ity sens­ing and knob-over-glass. We want to cre­ate an in­tu­itive in­for­ma­tion ex­pe­ri­ence that un­der­stands in­tent by de­tect­ing ubiq­ui­tous in­ter­ac­tions, and re­sponds in a vis­ceral way.

At CES 2019, Vis­teon show­cased a range of new 3D and driver mon­i­tor­ing clus­ters as well as large, curved and flex­i­ble dis­plays that will be the pri­mary in­ter­face be­tween hu­mans and the ve­hi­cle in fu­ture dig­i­tal cock­pits.


DriveCore is a cen­tralised, scal­able and mod­u­lar plat­form for au­tonomous driv­ing. Cur­rent sys­tems for au­tonomous driv­ing

are based on dis­trib­uted elec­tronic con­trol units (ECUs) - which have specif­i­cally de­fined func­tion­al­ity or closed cen­tral­ized sys­tems which do not scale - and do not of­fer an open plat­form for col­lab­o­ra­tive au­tomaker and part­ner de­vel­op­ment. This de­mand for open ar­chi­tec­tures in au­tonomous ve­hi­cle de­vel­op­ment is driven by the need for in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween mul­ti­ple de­vel­op­ers to meet au­tomak­ers need to dif­fer­en­ti­ate.

The DriveCore au­tonomous driv­ing plat­form is the first open and scal­able cen­tralised com­put­ing ap­proach fea­tur­ing sen­sor fu­sion, ob­ject de­tec­tion and track­ing, sit­u­a­tion anal­y­sis and tra­jec­tory plan­ning en­abled by AI. It is de­signed to en­able au­tomak­ers and part­ners to eas­ily con­trib­ute con­tent for fast de­vel­op­ment.

As an au­tonomous and safe­tyre­lated tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion, DriveCore al­lows au­tomak­ers to quickly build Level 3 so­lu­tions that can be scaled up the Level 4 and 5 when re­quired.

Voice-based as­sis­tants

With ad­vances in smart de­vices and in-car in­fo­tain­ment, con­vers­ing with the In-car voice as­sis­tants will soon be­come a norm. In-car as­sis­tants would be ex­pected to un­der­stand the voice com­mands in ev­ery con­text and also sep­a­rate the back­ground noise from the driver’s voice. These can be an add-on or an ad­junct to Alexa or Google Smart As­sis­tant in the car.

Vis­teon is de­vel­op­ing a voice­based smart as­sis­tant, tar­geted to in-car use cases, which is run com­pletely on-board the ve­hi­cle. The Vis­teon “say ‘n serve” smart as­sis­tant so­lu­tion is de­signed to use nat­u­ral lan­guage pro­cess­ing for on­board or off board com­mands in cars with­out al­ways need­ing cloud con­nec­tiv­ity.

At the CES, Vis­teon show­cased a smart-voice as­sis­tant tai­lored to an in-car ex­pe­ri­ence. The al­ways – on, con­ver­sa­tional, per­sonal and pri­vate sys­tem ap­plies AI and ma­chine learn­ing tech­nol­ogy for a nat­u­ral un­der­stand­ing of ve­hi­cle-spe­cific terms, such as voice con­trol of mu­sic, nav­i­ga­tion, HVAC, ve­hi­cle warn­ings, etc. We aim to bring these tech­nolo­gies into the cock­pit at af­ford­able cost points. And we ex­pect more ben­e­fits and im­prove­ments such as un­der­stand­ing a wide ar­ray of di­alects, ac­cents, id­ioms and in­to­na­tions.

Role of Vis­teon In­dia

Over 1000 engi­neers across the four tech­nol­ogy cen­ters in Chen­nai, Pune, Ban­ga­lore and Goa play a key role in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and in­no­va­tion for the re­gional and global ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Vis­teon is work­ing with the In­dian ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers on hy­brid and all-dig­i­tal clus­ters and in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems, as well as SmartCore- based do­main con­troller so­lu­tions.

We col­lab­o­rate with the OEMs to leapfrog the cur­rent tech­nolo­gies and adopt next-gen so­lu­tions at a faster rate and pro­vide the best pos­si­ble seam­less dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence to the end cus­tomer.

Some of the re­cent tech­ni­cal ad­vance­ments im­ple­mented by Vis­teon in the cock­pit in­clude: WiFi, em­bed­ded apps, hap­tics, mir­ror­ing so­lu­tions- CarPlay and An­droid Auto etc. We have also in­vested in the in­fra­struc­ture for: tuner tun­ing, GPS, WiFi and BT per­for­mance tun­ing and sound level im­prove­ment by noise can­cel­la­tion.

In ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing the cus­tomer re­quire­ments in In­dia, the engi­neer­ing teams also sup­port the global pro­grammes from pur­suit to cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and sup­ports soft­ware de­vel­op­ment for au­tonomous driv­ing such as: ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, driver aware­ness sys­tems, voice con­trol, ma­chine learn­ing, com­puter vi­sion and cy­ber se­cu­rity.

I look for­ward to Vis­teon con­tin­u­ing to be the premier cen­ter of ad­vance­ments in cock­pit elec­tron­ics as the in­dus­try fo­cus shifts to­wards elec­tric and au­tonomous.

Bi­noy Paul, Engi­neer­ing Di­rec­tor, Vis­teon Corporation

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