Visteon Corporation, the global supplier of automotive digital instrument clusters, has introduced the industry’s first fully digital cluster displaying holographic objects on the all-new Peugeot 208. Part of Peugeot’s unique 3D i-Cockpit, the instrument cluster represents the first real 3D cluster in automotive production.
Partnering with Groupe PSA to develop a pioneering '3D Blade' concept, Visteon’s digital cluster displays advanced reflections to create the impressions of 3D graphics. The cluster is composed of a high-definition 10.25-inch 'background’ thin-film transistor (TFT) and a 7-inch 'foreground' TFT projected on a semi-reflective blade. The leading-edge display creates a 3D projection of approximately 15mm between the front and rear images.
"Visteon’s first-to-market solution brings 3D technology to a vehicle segment with mass market appeal. With distracted driving continuing to pose a challenge, presenting critical information to the driver in intuitive ways will be the key to successful, next-generation human-machine interaction (HMI) developmeant. The Peugeot 208 cluster exemplifies how all-digital clusters enable automakers’ HMI designers to give a perception of depth in displays to highlight critical information for the driver," says Loick Griselain, vice-president, Visteon customer groups
The Peugeot 208 cluster’s projection, according to Visteon, offers styling teams the flexibility to create depth with rotating menus and shadow effects and, importantly, bring a distribution of key information to the driver – including priority information such as speed and alerts. The display also allows animations to pass dynamically from the foreground to the background in ADAS modes or as 3D animations in a number of configurable colors and skins.
The Peugeot 208 3D cluster is the first of several variants in the Groupe PSA brand line-up to be launched over the coming years in a number of sizes. Sharing the same platform as the DS3 Crossback instrument cluster, the Peugeot 208 3D cluster – with its two TFTs surrounded by tell-tale satellites – also provides high-quality graphical content with animations and 3D content on both screens, in a complex and calibrated mechanical structure. This allows a true sense of depth to the driver, without distraction.
The 3D technology is available on high-end versions of the new Peugeot 208, while the entry-level model is fitted with an analog cluster – also provided by Visteon.