Today every car customers seems to be ready to give up traditional attributes, such as design or power if the vehicle’s he’s buying is able to keep it connected with the outside world.
Habits have started to change, with many polled drivers in favor of giving up the wheel for more free time in the autonomous cars of tomorrow. But before tomorrow comes we should still focus on “today” and Panasonic’s latest iteration of the infotainment system focusing on a new, easier-to-use system that should reach the final goal of having the driver with the hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The latest version of the e-Cockpit concept, debuting at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January, has combined into one entity the three usual driver information displays: center console, instrument cluster and head-up display.
The new user-friendly interface has been created with simplicity and reduced driver distraction in mind. “We can integrate all of the information typically available in the dashboard and center console into an exciting design that is attractive, intuitive, easy-to-use and accessible,” claims Scott Kirchner, Vice President, Engineering and CTO. The system is flexible and can adapt to the automaker’s needs and concentrates all the needed information in the instrument cluster or head-up display area.