The connected Cockpit - a step towards autonomous driving : Page 2 of 3

September 04, 2014 //By Bruno José Gonçalves Pinto, Pierre Sigrist
The connected Cockpit - a step towards autonomous driving
Collaborative innovation – or co-innovation – within an ecosystem of diverse partners is fast becoming a prevalent source of innovation in the automotive industry. It allows vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to experiment with new forms of relationships and to explore new innovations that ultimately evolve current vehicle technology.
touch and advanced displays. It meets Renault's brief by enabling passengers to enjoy connectivity prior to driving – like watching videos or streaming music – and for the driver when the car is travelling on its own under heavy traffic conditions. The prototype offers an Open Linux-based platform that provides an interface to access applications through Web Services via Visteon’s Ui.cockpit HMI framework that incorporates all running data.

Fig.2: The cockpit enables drivers and passengers to seamlessly continue their "digital lives" in the vehicle.

The HMI development is based on web technologies (HTML5 and JavaScript) and functions using the Chromium web browser which provides a 'Hybrid' environment of web applications and app integration. This is a solution that facilitates all HMI features, developed by Visteon or its partners, as HTML5 is a popular, not motor-specific technical language that is common to a lot of people and businesses; therefore being implemented smoothly without the need for extra experience and training. This system includes data, graphics and services that can be changed independently without altering other facilities.

The NEXT TWO HMI has been built to cope with heterogonous features coming from external applications, embedded on smartphones, that can also be easily integrated and used to, for example, receive concert tickets purchased via the Cloud. Other native applications, such as Skype, are pre-installed in the vehicle’s computer and accessed from the HMI.

Smart connectivity allows the driver to start the journey from their home by using a smartphone to interact with and precondition the vehicle. The driver can choose to pre-set a number of functions, ranging from navigation and climate to entertainment, ensuring the car is ready for the journey by the time the driver enters the vehicle.

Upon entering the NEXT TWO, the driver is presented with technology that incorporates multiple display interfaces consisting of a HUD, Cluster and infotainment system, each with its own screen.

The HUD offers navigation with augmented

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