Normally, the introduction of new technologies in the automotive market is reserved for the luxury segment. This time, French carmaker Groupe PSA went another way: The company decided to decorate its best-selling 208 with the innovation. The “3D Blade” concept has been developed by PSA in collaboration with Visteon, a vehicle technology supplier with focus on cockpit design and vehicle interiors. It features advances reflections to create the impressions of 3D graphics. The cluster is composed of a high-definition 10.25-inch “background’ thin-film transistor (TFT) and a 7-inch “foreground” TFT projected on a semi-reflective blade. The leading-edge display creates a 3D projection of approximately 15 mm between the front and rear images.
The Peugeot 208 cluster’s projection offers the flexibility to create depth with rotating menus and shadow effects and, importantly, bring a distribution of key information to the driver – including priority information such as speed and alerts. The display also allows animations to pass dynamically from the foreground to the background in ADAS modes or as 3D animations in a number of configurable colors and skins.
The 3D cluster is the first of several variants in the Groupe PSA brand line up to be launched over the coming years in a number of sizes. Sharing the same platform as the DS3 Crossback instrument cluster, the Peugeot 208 3D cluster – with its two TFTs surrounded by tell-tale satellites – also provides high-resolution graphical content with animations and 3D content on both screens, in calibrated mechanical structure. This allows a true sense of depth to the driver – without creating too much distraction, says Visteon.
The 3D technology is available on high-end versions of the new Peugeot 208, while the entry-level model is fitted with an conventional analog cluster. The supplier in this case is also Visteon.
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