The increasing number of features provided through electronic components is making driving more complex. At the same time, the specifications, quality expectations and safety regulations are much more stringent than for other electronic devices. "The user interfaces and design of infotainment, navigation and instrument clusters have developed to become key differentiating features for car manufacturers," says Alexander Kocher, President of the Automotive Business Segment at EB. "With flexible software tools such as EB GUIDE, carmakers can develop rich user experiences at lower costs."
Three factors are a priority for car manufacturers when developing new user interfaces for vehicles: the fast integration of new technologies, brand differentiation through unique HMI and reduced development costs. With EB GUIDE 5.3, Elektrobit claims to present a flexible and comprehensive software tool which reaches all of these goals. Thanks to the multi-touch features along with a more fluid presentation of vector graphics, drivers will benefit from same rich experiences in their car, as they are on the mobile phones or tablets.
The same platform in various designs can be used for a range of different vehicle models so that the car manufacturers and suppliers can save on development costs, total cost of device and control the branded experiences.
EB GUIDE is suitable for the development, simulation and testing of user interfaces for car manufacturers and suppliers. The range of developments extends from digital dashboards to navigation and infotainment systems and from the low-end to the high-end head units and instrument clusters. The new release supports 3D effects and animations, multi touch, vector graphics and chip-specific graphics solutions. This enables car manufacturers and suppliers to use lower cost graphic chips - by still having high quality graphics.