Replacing the conventional instrument cluster design, the reconfigurable 12.3-inch full color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display integrates multiple functions and operating modes to present on-demand driver information via virtual gauges, graphical displays and a message center. Developed for the 2010 Range Rover model range, this is Jaguar Land Rover’s first "virtual cluster" application.
By introducing an advanced graphics interface, the reconfigurable cluster presents information to the driver in an innovative way, while helping reduce driver distraction, according to Visteon. The cluster redefines the functional role of instrumentation by providing an interface to safely manage the complexity of the Range Rover’s advanced vehicle systems through the reconfigurable message center, which acts as the information hub for the vehicle.
"The new display technology used by the 2010 Range Rover is a major advance. It gives us tremendous flexibility in presenting information, so that the driver gets precisely the data he or she requires, in all driving conditions," said Nick Rogers, chief engineer, new vehicle architecture, Range Rover.
The Range Rover "virtual cluster" is the first production program launched from Visteon’s reconfigurable cluster platform and the latest in its range of clusters with graphic displays. The platform also offers vehicle manufacturers the flexibility to use one hardware solution with multiple graphic applications for easier vehicle differentiation or mid-cycle refresh.
"This powerful ‘virtual image’ cluster is an example of Visteon’s global platform strategy, which provides vehicle manufacturers with cost-effective solutions through hardware and software architecture re-use," said Steve Meszaros, president of Visteon’s electronics product group. "Although this high-end cluster initially is designed for the best-in-class comfort and refinement of the Range Rover, Visteon’s unique system integration approach is set to make large TFT displays a viable and affordable alternative to conventional clusters."
The cluster was developed in conjunction with Land Rover by Visteon’s engineering teams in Chelmsford, U.K., with support from development teams in the U.S. and software development from Visteon Software Operations, India, and Visteon Software Technologies, France. The reconfigurable platform design is based on a new architectural approach to efficiently manage the complexity of the increased graphics content and display management.