Byton takes user interfaces to the next level
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Connectivity | User Experience category
For the Byton M-Byte that debuted at the 2019 IAA, one of its major innovations is its focus on interior user experience. Embodied by its one-piece 125 x 25 cm (49 x 10 in) SED (Shared Experience Display), the full-dash screen can be accessed and controlled by the front passenger as well as the driver via either voice, touch, and gesture. A reduced number of actual physical buttons leads to a more minimalistic interior, and it aims to reduce the complexity for the user. For the driver, there is also a facial-recognition system that can help adjust the seat, audio, and climate to that individual’s specific requirements. Each user will have a specific Byton ID to upload his/her preferences to any vehicle from the Chinese brand that the user drives. The SED is supplemented with three additional display screens—a Driver Tablet and two display screens for rear-seat entertainment. Byton has revealed some of its supplier partners who have helped make the user experience unique. BlackBerry is licensing its QNX technology, including its SDP 7.0 real-time operating system and Hypervisor 2.0 software, to enable a seamless integration of navigation, infotainment, as well critical driving functions in a cluster environment, with safety and security being top priorities. pmdtechnologies ag’s 3D time-of-flight sensors are used for the in-car camera system operating the SED. Jointly developed with Infineon Technologies AG, the sensors—already used in smartphones, robots, and VR/AR headsets—enable a passenger to use a hand gesture to answer a smartphone or to turn on music. At CES 2018, Byton said the unique human-vehicle interaction concept incorporates Amazon Alexa for intelligent voice control, with additional Amazon collaboration on audio and video content.
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