Global technology company Visteon Corporation, ECARX and Qualcomm Technologies have announced an initiative to develop intelligent cockpit solutions across conventional and electric vehicle applications.
Visteon and ECARX, using Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms, are working together to develop these intelligent technologies and sharing research to commercialise an integrated cockpit project for a variety of vehicle platforms starting in 2021.
Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon, described digital content as "the battleground" for OEMs as human interfaces becomes more complex and connected technologies are increasingly important to improve the cockpit.
"Our cooperation with ECARX and Qualcomm Technologies on intelligent cockpits will offer a compelling new digital experience to users," said Lawande. "Visteon is pleased with the work we've done with ECARX and Qualcomm Technologies. Our teams have undergone rapid development, design and integration together, and are committed to delivering technology and creativity for a high-quality cockpit experience across multiple segments."
"Our work with Visteon and Qualcomm Technologies delivers world-class performance of our platform and technology as we expand our presence in the global automotive industry," said Ziyu Shen, ECARX CEO. "ECARX has a leading position in China with a strong and unique ecosystem structure, leading HMI, connectivity and infotainment. This is the latest example of a growth strategy that will continue to create new and global business opportunities by engaging the best digital electronics and software talents in our technology industry."
Visteon will says it will incorporate the third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms into its next-gen SmartCore cockpit domain control platform, creating an infotainment ecosystem that safely delivers integrity-level information to drivers and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Based on the third-gen Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms, Visteon’s SmartCore further improves the development capability of intelligent cockpits for ECARX’s transition to an intelligent cockpit solution. SmartCore independently operates multiple displays and applications throughout the cockpit, keeping occupants informed and entertained.
As the first Tier 1 supplier to offer a cockpit domain controller on a production vehicle, Visteon will deliver robust and reliable hardware systems for ECARX global applications. Visteon has worked with Qualcomm Technologies since 2018, focusing on developing next-generation solutions for ECARX.
"As Qualcomm Technologies expands its presence throughout the automotive segment, we can bring broader and deeper levels of support to new customers for a more immersive cockpit experience by working with the world-class technical and customer support from Visteon," said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president and GM, automotive at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We have a long and trusted relationship with Visteon, and we are confident that their strong experience with our products and technologies will allow them to bring effective and comprehensive support to ECARX for our Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms."