Kanzi HMI product family showcased at Qualcomm’s CES 2020 display

An example of the Kanzi HMI product family in action

The in-vehicle user experience (UX) has never been more important to buyers than it is now, and its significance is rapidly growing. As a supplier and partner of most of the world’s leading automakers, Rightware has been working hand-in-hand to usher in new and innovative technologies to deliver to consumers the ultimate user experience while simultaneously ensuring it can be enjoyed without compromising safety.

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The in-vehicle user experience (UX) has never been more important to buyers than it is now, and its significance is rapidly growing. As a supplier and partner of most of the world’s leading automakers, Rightware has been working hand-in-hand to usher in new and innovative technologies to deliver to consumers the ultimate user experience while simultaneously ensuring it can be enjoyed without compromising safety.

Even as user experience and human-machine interface (HMI) advancements are made, automakers are opening new avenues for advancements that only a decade ago would have seemed more science fiction than reality.

Much of this next generation user experience can be realized via Rightware’s Kanzi product family of software used by designers to manage the entire UX process, from HMI development to integrating content across multiple screens within the vehicle. Kanzi affords automakers faster HMI development using smaller design teams with greater creative freedom in developing multi-display, connected cockpits.

The capabilities of the Kanzi toolchain are on display in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall (booth #5606) at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Inside a mock-vehicle cockpit, designed and produced by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.* to showcase its 3rd generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Cockpit Platforms, is a digital instrument cluster rendered with Kanzi UI.

“Rightware and its family of Kanzi products are leaders in the automotive industry and we are proud to work with them to display our respective technologies at CES 2020,” said Jeff Dumrauf, Director, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “As we move forward together, we believe the combined efforts of Qualcomm Technologies and Rightware will continue to deliver industry-leading user experiences in the vehicles of tomorrow.”

The Qualcomm Technologies display is designed to allow visitors to interact with each of the different Kanzi features. The cluster powered by Kanzi features 3D animation with high-definition gauges, vehicle diagnostics, and navigation scenes. The driver can shuffle the cluster between modes to display the vehicle gauges, a view of the vehicle with diagnostics, such as tire pressure, oil life, gas mileage and range, or navigational maps.

Three members of the Kanzi product family of software are showcased in the display – Kanzi UI, Kanzi Maps, and Kanzi Connect.

Rightware’s Kanzi UI software accelerates HMI development by streamlining the process. With Kanzi UI, designers can implement their creative visions without coding, while engineers deliver application logic and integrate data sources into the UI framework.

Kanzi Maps integrates map data from a variety of providers, which is then visualized with industry-leading 3D rendering. By incorporating map data and design into the primary HMI toolchain, development time is reduced and OEMs are empowered to integrate their own unique brand identity.   

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“The maps are un-matched renderings that show 2D and 3D digital images of the vehicles’ positioning and its surroundings with landmarks such as buildings and mountain ranges,” said Tero Koivu, COO at Rightware. “The amount of content, customization, and image richness displayed on the cluster shows how automakers can develop a visual brand identity and a UI consistent with the vehicle, whether for a high-end luxury SUV or a performance sports car.” 

Kanzi Connect enables the integration of content across multiple screens within the vehicle. For example, when the vehicle demonstration is in autonomous driving mode the traditional instrument cluster content disappears and the “driver” can use the digital display to view content, such as movies, shared from the passenger and rear-seat entertainment screens.

In today’s automotive industry, where technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the Kanzi family of products is an essential tool for automakers looking to differentiate their brand in a crowded marketplace while at the same time providing their customers with a unique and innovative user experience. 

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.