The smart, digital cockpit experience
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.
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.
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