Visteon to showcase digital cockpit, autonomous car tech at CES

LAS VEGAS — Visteon, the Van Buren Township-based auto supplier, announced the highlights of its large exhibit at CES 2019, formerly the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas this week.

Company officials say Visteon, spun out from Ford Motor Co. in 2000, has developed an autonomous software and hardware platform called DriveCore, as well as an industry-first cockpit domain controller called SmartCore, which is now being deployed by Mercedes-Benz.

Also showcased will be an integrated digital cockpit that company officials say creates a human-machine interface that puts autonomous vehicle passengers at ease. Featured are voice assistant and augmented reality technologies that show the driver what the car is taking over, and what it’s doing when a human is not driving.

Hghlights of this new cockpit electronics architecture 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-of-the-art cybersecurity
* Large high-resolution displays that are curved and non-rectangular to deliver an enhanced viewing experience without limiting interior panel design
* 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.
* A machine learning-based voice recognition and text-to-speech solution for a natural language, conversational smart assistant
* In-cabin driver and other occupant detection and identification technology, also based on machine learning for improved safety functionality

“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 and 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.”

At CES, Visteon will demonstrate the integration between the 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.

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 will show an array of digital displays based on LCD and OLED technologies, including some with curved and non-rectangular shapes. The company will also demonstrate 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 will demonstrate an in-vehicle conversational smart assistant using 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, Visteon will demonstrate a driver monitoring solution that 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.

Visteon will also showcase the industry’s first V2X module that works with either Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) or cellular networks. This gives automakers the flexibility to offer support for either wireless technology, depending on the needs of the market.

CES 2019 will mark Visteon’s 20th year as an exhibitor, which ranks the company among the longest-running show participants in the automotive industry. For those attending CES, Visteon can be found in Central Plaza Pavilion 13.

Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Visteon has approximately 10,000 employees at more than 40 locations in 18 countries. Visteon had sales of $3.15 billion in 2017. Learn more at www.visteon.com.

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