Visteon Corporation has launched India’s first SmartCore cockpit domain controller powering the infotainment system and digital and hybrid instrument cluster variants on the recently launched TATA Harrier. Visteon’s SmartCore drives the infotainment and instrument cluster domains on one system-on-chip (SoC), offering large thin-film transistor (TFT) displays for best-in-class user experience with seamless human-machine interaction (HMI) – a unique feature of Visteon’s first-to-market domain controller.
Visteon is the first auto supplier offering an automotive-grade, integrated domain controller approach that can independently operate the infotainment system, cluster and other domains on one SoC. SmartCore’s architecture is fully scalable and cybersecured through virtualization of the different cores and controlled firewalls. This enables independent functional domains with different levels of ASIL requirements – initially driver information and infotainment – while future domains can be added to operate separately and securely.
The SmartCore solution incorporates the silver box, a tablet-style infotainment display with button panel and a reconfigurable instrument cluster on premium models. The infotainment system variants offer display configurations ranging from 7-inch to 8.8-inch TFTs, while the instrument cluster options include a 4-inch LCD and a 7-inch colour TFT – the first in the India market – and an intuitive user interface.
The main infotainment features include easy device convergence through Android Auto and CarPlay, voice recognition, Bluetooth and text-to-speech (TTS). The system also supports smartphone-based navigation and connected apps.
The Harrier’s cockpit electronics technologies are fully designed, developed and manufactured at Visteon’s facilities in India. The infotainment system and instrument clusters were designed by Visteon’s Technical Centers in Chennai and Pune and are produced by the manufacturing plant in Chennai.