Virtual Instrument Cluster Launches on 2010 Range Rover
Visteon Corporation has launched a reconfigurable cluster platform on Jaguar Land Rover’s new Range Rover — available as a standard fit on all derivatives in Land Rover’s global markets. Replacing the conventional instrument cluster design, the reconfigurable 12.3-inch full-color thin film transistor (TFT) display integrates multiple functions and operating modes to present on-demand driver information via virtual gauges, graphical displays and a message center. Developed for the 2010 Range Rover model range, this is Jaguar Land Rover’s first “virtual cluster” application.
By introducing an advanced graphics interface, the reconfigurable cluster presents information to the driver in an innovative way, while helping to reduce driver distraction. The cluster redefines the functional role of instrumentation by providing an interface to safely manage the complexity of the Range Rover’s advanced vehicle systems through the reconfigurable message center, which acts as the information hub for the vehicle.
“The new display technology used by the 2010 Range Rover is a major advance. It gives us tremendous flexibility in presenting information, so that the driver gets precisely the data he or she requires, in all driving conditions,” explains Nick Rogers, chief engineer, new vehicle architecture, Range Rover.
The Range Rover “virtual cluster” is the first production program launched from Visteon’s reconfigurable cluster platform and the latest in its range of clusters with graphic displays. The platform also offers vehicle manufacturers the flexibility to use one hardware solution with multiple graphic applications for easier vehicle differentiation or mid-cycle refresh.
The cluster was developed in conjunction with Land Rover by Visteon’s engineering teams in Chelmsford, U.K., with support from development teams in the U.S. and software development from Visteon Software Operations, India, and Visteon Software Technologies, France. The reconfigurable platform design is based on a new architectural approach to efficiently manage the complexity of the increased graphics content and display management.
Visteon’s advanced technological expertise has been combined with its extensive proprietary research on consumer perceived quality and product design to bring forward a technology that offers freedom of design for OEMs and maximum ease-of-use for the consumer.
Visteon is a global manufacturer of driver information systems and central information displays, producing more than seven million units annually from manufacturing plants across the globe. Visteon’s strengths include its global and scalable product platforms, comprehensive cockpit electronics portfolio, and the ability to provide seamlessly integrated systems and products that connect people to their vehicles and the world around them.
Visteon Corporation is a global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. Through its partnerships with leading technology providers, Visteon is embracing the transition from hardware solutions to software-defined solutions, while its global platforms maintain a central core of robust automotive solutions.