Curved dashboard targets ergonomic car cockpits

December 03, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Curved dashboard targets ergonomic car cockpits
The Italian electronics supplier MTA has introduced a high-performance curved dashboard as required by the manufacturers of current vehicle generations as part of an ergonomic operating concept.

The current trend in the design of vehicle dashboards is oriented towards devices with highly customized geometries – even curved – with large dimensions and advanced graphics. A curve makes it easier for designers to create vehicle interiors with a greater aesthetic appeal than in the past, which enhances the vehicle and integrates perfectly with it. Ergonomics also benefits, improving legibility by maintaining the optimum distance between the image and the driver's eye.

MTA, that in recent years has developed extensive expertise in the production of dashboards and displays for the automotive market, is ready with its own version of curved dashboard that can be customized on request, with shapes ranging from the so-called “corner cut” to a “free shape”.

The dashboard that MTA is able to provide is a turnkey product with cutting-edge mechanics and hardware/software platform, elements necessary to ensure the high performance required by the final product. The dashboard has been designed to be fully customized for the vehicle it is installed in, adapting to and bringing out its personality.

In terms of hardware and software, the platform is equipped with multicore processors that manage different operating systems: Linux for the management of 2D and 3D graphics and Autosar for the management of vehicle logics. The platform can also support other external displays, like the central stack and head-up.

The electronics development team focused in particular on safety and cybersecurity. The hardware/software platform is safety-oriented and modular to implement ASIL A and B  as per the ISO 26262 standard. On the other hand, cybersecurity is implemented both at a software and hardware level with specific modules aimed at verifying the authenticity and integrity of the functions programmed in the dashboard.

A version of curved dashboard is already in series production for a car manufacturer – as usual in such cases, the vendor declined to specify the name of the OEM.

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