Jaguar Land Rover launched the Range Rover Velar in 2017 giving Visteon a chance to showcase its latest digital display technologies. Visteon cemented its leadership in the fast-growing cockpit electronics segment with its new high-definition (HD) digital display technologies for the model.
The all-new Range Rover model comes with Visteon’s 12.3-inch fully reconfigurable HD “virtual” cluster with retina-class resolution. The virtual instrument cluster is the primary driver interface and allows the driver to personalize information in different configurations in the large display area, using a combination of dials, information display zones and even a full-view map when in navigation mode.
This sophisticated system is not just for the driver alone. The rear seat passengers benefit from dual 8-inch displays for the entertainment system, which use vertically aligned (VA) liquid crystal technology to achieve market-leading contrast levels in excess of 2000:1. When these contrast levels are combined with full 24-bit color rendering and high luminance, they get an superb user experience.
Commenting on the new technology, Sachin Lawande, Visteon’s president and CEO said that the Velar is the first vehicle to feature Visteon’s latest-generation fully reconfigurable instrument cluster technology, that is notable for its significantly enhanced software capabilities and processing power. He added that Visteon has a longstanding collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover when it comes to digital display development and the two companies have collaborated on several ‘industry-firsts’ like large-format reconfigurable clusters and high-resolution dual-view information displays.
The cluster is powered by advanced multicore platform technology that is designed to deliver superior multimedia and graphics performance with an exclusive HMI created especially for the Velar. The HMI was developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover and is based on the Kanzi UI development toolchain – which is designed by Rightware. The toolchain facilitates the development of custom shaders for unique Velar graphic effects in support of a wide range of brand themes, navigation and off-road features, as well as album art for music played.
Other cluster features include language support, multimedia interface, video and Ethernet network links to the in-vehicle-infotainment system, and a connection to the Velar’s new steering switch touch pad.
Rear seat passengers get access to a wide range of media choices in 16:9 widescreen format through the Velar’s remote-controlled rear seat entertainment displays ranging from movies to digital television channels and music streaming. The displays operate independently and incorporate HDMI and HD link connections that support most smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, while front-seat occupants are able to select, monitor and control the content shown.
Jaguar’s new F-Pace, Jaguar XJ, Range, Jaguar XF, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models all have premium instrument cluster technology from Visteon.
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