Visteon collaborates with Tencent to launch SmartCore domain controller
Visteon Corporation, an automotive cockpit electronics technology company, demonstrated its newest SmartCore—what the company says is the world’s first production cockpit domain controller with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform—which will be launched on Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group’s (GAC) new pure electric vehicle platform, Aion LX.
Visteon’s latest step to advance the intelligent integrated vehicle cockpit was jointly introduced at Visteon’s exhibit at CES 2020 by Sachin Lawande, President and CEO of Visteon; Cham Zhong, Vice President of Tencent; and Wang Qiujing, Deputy Chief of GAC’s executive committee and President of GAC R&D Center.
The SmartCore application on the Aion LX is the product of the collaboration by the three parties through a cooperative technology initiative announced one year ago at CES 2019. The SmartCore intelligent cockpit is integrated with the Tencent Auto Intelligence (TAI) system and the third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform for the Aion LX, which is scheduled to launch in early 2020.
Visteon’s SmartCore domain controller aims to help vehicle manufacturers transition to the intelligent cockpit by consolidating electronic control units (ECUs) to independently operate multiple displays and applications throughout the cockpit—keeping occupants informed and entertained while bringing advantages in weight, power consumption, and cost. Visteon says it was the first Tier 1 supplier to launch a cockpit domain controller on a production vehicle (in early 2018).
The company also says that the Aion LX is the first production SmartCore application to power three cockpit domains—including the instrument cluster, infotainment, and a body control interface that allows the user to adjust the seats, exterior mirrors, and cabin temperature with the swipe of a finger.
"We are proud that our industry leadership in cockpit domain controllers, and our technology cooperation with Tencent and GAC, has resulted in this intelligent cockpit on the Aion LX,” said Lawande. “The Aion LX represents the integrated digital cockpit of the future, which will consist of multiple displays powered by a single domain controller that consolidates ECUs, offering higher computing power and consuming less power, which is ideally suited for electric vehicles. This is a prime example of the solutions Visteon will continue to drive for cockpit digitization, central computing, and autonomous driving.”
As what the company says is the industry’s first mass-produced smart cockpit domain controller, Visteon’s SmartCore "marks a new era of mass-produced smart cockpits."
On the Aion LX, SmartCore incorporates Tencent’s TAI solutions to enable user interaction and control based on voice recognition, offering users a new digital experience. The system leverages the third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform to provide computing and AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities for the cockpit system, with high-performance CPU and GPU cores, support for six to eight display screens, power intelligent voice interaction, augmented reality, and image processing.
“As the vehicle cockpit becomes increasingly complex with rich infotainment and driver assistance features, the complexity of processing hardware behind these systems needs to be reduced to minimize cost and energy consumption while maximizing system performance,” said Shyam Krishnamurthy, Senior Director, Product Management, at Qualcomm Technologies.
In the future, Visteon and GAC R&D say they will continue to cooperate to promote the development of intelligent technologies related to the digital cockpit, centralized computing, and automated driving.
For more information, visit www.visteon.com.