NOVI, MICHIGAN, June 5, 2019 – Automotive HMI designers will get a close-up look at the capabilities of an advanced cockpit graphics software program at the TU-Automotive Detroit conference June 5-6 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, which is located 30 miles northwest of Detroit.
Based on the Rightware Kanzi product portfolio, this approach to graphics and connectivity complements Google’s Android™ Automotive platform to provide high-quality graphics that can be shared across all vehicle displays including the digital cluster, head-up display (HUD), in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, and rear-seat displays.
According to Google, automakers representing 50 percent of global annual sales volume are adopting Android Automotive as the primary infotainment system¹. This includes Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store, and other Google Automotive Services. The new Android Automotive will be available for the first time in vehicles arriving in the spring of 2020. Rightware first demonstrated its Kanzi for Android concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
“Several automakers are already implementing the Kanzi for Android approach, using Kanzi UI and Kanzi Connect to implement Android Automotive in their next generation of vehicles,” said Derek Sellin, Rightware vice president of marketing.
While it can’t name which automakers are using Kanzi for Android Automotive implementation, Rightware works globally with leading automotive brands and suppliers.
Sellin says the Kanzi product family represents an efficient and agile HMI development toolset for automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, and design studios to create vehicle user interfaces. Among Kanzi advantages he lists:
- A modern, designer-orientated tool requiring no coding or compilation to develop UIs from prototype all the way to series production
- Rapid prototyping and iteration, allowing designers to achieve the best possible UX
- A highly agile workflow with designers and engineers working in parallel, resulting in accelerated development and associated cost savings
Moreover, Sellin estimates that with Kanzi, an HMI which would have taken a team of 30 to 50 designers and engineers several years to develop with traditional tools and methods, requires a team less than half the size and take less than half the time.
Tero Koivu, Rightware chief operating officer and head of products and services, notes that Kanzi empowers designers working to implement Android Automotive “to lead the creative process and develop a rich digital user experience with their company’s brand, which can be very compelling and exhilarating for the designer.”
Kanzi Connect, as its name implies, ties together all of the vehicle screens under a single system.
Now available as a beta release, Kanzi Connect is a fully customizable connectivity platform that brings automotive electronics, consumer devices, and the Internet of Things under one single interface. It allows designers to use the same toolchain across all displays in the vehicle, including second- and third-row infotainment screens.
Another key enabler of autonomous driving use cases, Rightware’s Kanzi Maps brings map design natively into the overall automotive UI workflow and map rendering into the same graphics engine. Looking ahead, Koivu says automakers will need easier ways to help the driver make sense of data from vehicle sensors, onboard systems, and connected services. Kanzi Maps “will help visualize next-generation location, sensor, and Adaptive Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) information in a much more realistic and context-sensitive way compared with traditional navigation applications,” he adds.
“The combination of Kanzi UI and Kanzi Connect brings a consistent visual identity across all displays in the vehicle, regardless of the underlying operating systems. Kanzi UI allows automakers to implement the desired look-and-feel on any display while Kanzi Connect allows data from apps or services to be easily rendered on any display across the cockpit. This approach to integrating embedded Android into the automotive UX really delivers the best of both worlds.”
The Kanzi for Android approach was shown by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.*, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Rightware and its software were essential in the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) development of Qualcomm Technologies’ 3rd-Generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Cockpit Platforms demonstrated at CES. Read more about how Rightware worked with Qualcomm Technologies showcase its 3rd-generation automotive cockpit graphics platform here.
Sellin is keynoting the “UX & Connected Services” track with a presentation on “The Future of Automotive UX” at 11:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 5.
Rightware at TU-Automotive Detroit is showcasing how its Kanzi UI software complements Android Automotive with rich visuals and animations, while its Kanzi Connect enables apps and services from the Android platform to be shared across all vehicle displays.
Rightware® provides tools and services for development of advanced digital user interfaces to more than 40 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, UK, Germany, France, Italy, China, South Korea, and Japan.
(Note: Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc.)
*Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM)
¹ From article on theverge.com
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