Visteon unveils raft of new connected car features

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Global automotive supplier Visteon has lifted the lid on its own interpretation of where the connected car industry is headed over the next few years.

With eyes as far ahead as 2018, Visteon has announced details of its Fusion connected platform that it says will launch in four years time. The infotainment platform bundles together driver information, infotainment and Cloud connectivity into a human machine interaction (HMI) experience.

Visteon’s Tim Yerdon, global leader, design, marketing and connected services, went as far as to call this new technology a ‘game changer’ as the company concentrates its technology lineup through a range of interactive displays, connected cockpits and cloud computing.

"Visteon's connected technology innovations will change the way drivers interface with the vehicle and the way the vehicle interfaces with the Cloud," he said.

Tablet infotainment

Accompanying Fusion is Mazda’s cross-carline infotainment system, which is said to be an industry-first automotive tablet display and aims to give the car manufacturer’s drivers uninterrupted connectivity when they are on the road.

Another concept that sees Visteon gazing slightly more into the future again is its Renault NEXTTWO connected cockpit that takes advantage of the coming driverless experience through its driver delegation functionality.

NEXTTWO features a multi-modal HMI of voice, touch and advanced displays that will help both drivers and passengers continue their lives by offering video calls while the vehicle is in autonomous driving mode.

An oasis in cloud computing?

Finally, OASIS, an acronym for optimised, adaptable, secure, intelligent and seamless, is another cockpit-focused solution that connects the car to the driver using cloud computing. The concept looks to secure the connectivity of vehicle networks and improve data security for a car’s occupants.

Commenting on the future of driving, Visteon's group vice president, technology office, Christian Feltgen, says that connectivity will form the backbone of reinventing in-car solutions.

"The driving experience is continually being improved, simplified and invigorated," he said. "Connectivity is enabling a paradigm shift within the industry, delivering new technologies and services that will contribute to a connected future with an ecosystem altered beyond recognition."

Visteon has had a busy 2014, with it announcing the acquisition of Johnson Controls' electronics business in July before it more recently completed the major part of the sale of interiors business Reydel Automotive.

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