Visteon Supplies Virtual Instrument Cluster for the New Range Rover Velar
【Summary】Visteon Corporation is launching its latest generation high-definition (HD) digital display technologies on the new Range Rover Velar.
Visteon Corporation (NYSE:VC), a leader in the fast-growing cockpit electronics segment, is launching its latest generation high-definition (HD) digital display technologies on the new Range Rover Velar, unveiled by the British automaker in March 2017.
The advanced instrument cluster and information displays offer industry-leading clarity and resolution for a high-definition user experience. The company made the announcement last week.
Visteon is a global technology company headquartered in Michigan that designs, engineers and manufactures cockpit electronics products and connected car solutions for most of the world's major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is a leading provider of instrument clusters, head-up displays (HUD), information displays, infotainment, audio systems, and telematics.
The all-new Range Rover model features Visteon's 12.3-inch fully reconfigurable HD "virtual" cluster with retina-class resolution, demonstrating leading automotive grade levels of luminance and color gamut.
Customizable HD Instrument Cluster
As the primary driver interface, the virtual instrument cluster allows the driver the option to personalize information in different configurations in the large display area, incorporating a combination of dials, information display zones and a full-view map when in navigation mode. The system on the Land Rover includes displays for rear passengers as well.
For rear seat passengers, Visteon has equipped the Velar with dual 8-inch displays for the entertainment system, which utilize vertically aligned (VA) liquid crystal technology, achieving market-leading contrast levels in excess of 2000:1, which – combined with full 24-bit color rendering and high luminance – deliver a superb user experience.
"The Velar is the first vehicle to feature Visteon's latest-generation fully reconfigurable instrument cluster technology, which incorporates significantly enhanced software capabilities and processing power," said Sachin Lawande, Visteon president and CEO. "We have a longstanding collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover in digital display development that has pioneered several ‘industry-firsts' – including large-format reconfigurable clusters and high-resolution dual-view information displays."
The cluster is powered by advanced multi-core platform technology designed for superior multimedia and graphics performance with an exclusive HMI created especially for the Velar. Developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, the HMI is based on the Kanzi UI development toolchain– designed by Rightware – which facilitates development of custom shaders for unique Velar graphic effects in support of a wide range of brand themes, navigation and off-road features, as well as album art for music played.
Additional cluster functionality includes video and Ethernet network links to the in-vehicle-infotainment system, multimedia interface, language support and a connection to the Velar's new steering switch touch pad.
The Velar's remote-controlled rear seat entertainment displays offer passengers a wealth of different media choices in true 16:9 widescreen format – from movies to digital television channels and music streaming. Operating independently, the displays incorporate HDMI and HD link connections that support most smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, while front-seat occupants are able to select, monitor and control the content shown.
Visteon also supplies premium instrument cluster technology on Jaguar Land Rover's recently launched F-PACE, in addition to Jaguar XF, Jaguar XJ, Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport models.
Visteon also supplies embedded multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions to the global automotive industry. Visteon has approximately 10,000 employees at more than 40 facilities in 19 countries. Visteon had sales of $3.16 billion in 2016.
Originally hailing from New Jersey, Eric is a automotive & technology reporter covering the high-tech industry here in Silicon Valley. He has over 15 years of automotive experience and a bachelors degree in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the auto industry and beyond. He has worked at Uber on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology.
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