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.
Visteon's collaboration with Renault on the NEXT TWO autonomous driving and hyper-connected vehicle prototype is an example of successful co-innovation. As the system architect and integrator on the project, Visteon delivered a connected cockpit electronics solution, demonstrating how drivers and passengers can interact with autonomous driving features, including driver delegation.
Having made its debut at LeWeb event in Paris in December 2013, the Renault NEXT TWO is an early development prototype of the manufacturer's autonomous vehicle technology, promising production versions by 2020.
Renault's brief for the NEXT TWO innovation project was to deliver a highly connected vehicle designed to offer drivers and passengers a new user experience, allowing them more time to do other things, such as make phone calls or review work documents. Unique to this project, Renault's main goals were to incorporate autonomous driving modes and hyper-connectivity solutions to the vehicle ecosystem. The Human-Machine Interface (HMI) approach and the creation of new enriched user experiences were identified as the key success factors.
Fig. 1: In Visteon's prototype cockpit electronics solution many connected car functions are demonstrated via a multi-modal human-machine interface of voice, touch and advanced displays.
Renault selected Visteon as the cockpit electronics architect and system integrator, responsible for delivering the NEXT TWO's connected cockpit electronics solution. Visteon applied a combination of open software architectures, web-based technologies and its user interface software framework to facilitate multi-device connectivity and content management resulting in a new, richer user experience for the NEXT TWO's driver and passengers.
The Connected Cockpit Solution
Visteon's connected cockpit electronics solution incorporates many vehicle functions which can be accessed through a multi-modal HMI of voice,