NOVI, MI, October 3, 2018 – Rightware announced that its Kanzi® UI software powers the digital instrument clusters in two vehicles chosen by WardsAuto for its 2018 “10 Best UX” list.
Cockpit electronics supplier Visteon Corporation, using the Kanzi UI software framework by Rightware, developed the instrument clusters for the award-winning 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Lincoln Navigator. The vehicles were honored Oct. 2 during a ceremony at the 2018 WardsAuto User Experience Conference in Novi, Mich.
The annual awards are presented by WardsAuto editors to honor “new vehicles for their driver-assistance technologies, connectivity, digital displays, voice-activation systems, intuitive controls and infotainment.”
“Congratulations to Ford Motor Company for the two awards,” said Ville Ilves, CEO at Rightware. “It’s exciting that Kanzi UI is part of the technology and innovation that makes the user experience unique in these vehicles. Our focus is to support OEM brand differentiation and game-changing user experiences, so we are thrilled to see the Mustang and Navigator recognized for UX innovation by a leading publication like WardsAuto.”
Kanzi UI enables rapid design and development of user interfaces for the automotive industry. The Kanzi software toolchain provides car manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, and design studios an efficient and agile approach for creating UIs for digital instrument clusters, infotainment systems, head-up displays (HUDs), and more. With its agile workflow and modular architecture, Kanzi enables rapid prototyping and iteration, and accelerates HMI development by allowing UI designers and engineers to work in parallel with minimal cross-dependencies.
Kanzi UI helped enable Visteon to create a modern look for the Mustang’s instrument cluster without losing the muscle car’s historic appearance. Similarly, Rightware’s technology helped define the customizable and cohesive IP cluster in the Lincoln Navigator, to differentiate the brand from clusters in competing vehicles for the second consecutive year.
WardsAuto editors, who evaluated and scored 25 vehicles available in the U.S. with all-new or re-engineered UX features, such as display screens, interfaces or apps, said the Mustang GT “wows us with … with its trick electronics and alluring gauges.” They were similarly captivated by the Navigator’s information displays.
2018 Ford Mustang digital instrument cluster developed by Visteon using the Kanzi UI framework by Rightware. The Mustang is the first in-segment mass-market sports car to feature a fully digital instrument cluster, with graphics powered by Kanzi. (Photo courtesy of Visteon Corporation)
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator digital instrument cluster developed by Visteon using the Kanzi UI framework by Rightware. (Photo courtesy of Visteon Corporation)
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Rightware® provides tools and services for development of advanced digital user interfaces to over 35 automotive brands. The Kanzi® philosophy is based on designer empowerment, prioritizing ease of use, rapid prototyping, workflow efficiency, high performance, and cross-platform support. As a ThunderSoft® company, our combined skills and assets allow us to deliver fully integrated HMI solutions, engineering support, and design services for automotive customers across the globe. Rightware is headquartered in Finland with a presence in the US, Germany, Italy, China, South Korea, and Japan.