Работая над "виртуальным кокпитом" для своих моделей инженеры Hyundai зашли так далеко, что сделали руль с парой встроенных в него сенсорных экранов.

Современные автомобили используют экраны для всего, чего можно — приборные панели, мультимедиа и даже блоки управления климатической системой всё чаще делают с помощью тачскринов. На моделях Tesla они вовсе бывают до 15 дюймов по диагонали, но всё равно Hyundai смогли удивить.

Hyundai Virtual Cockpit 2019

В рамках своего технологического исследования на тему будущего салонов автомобилей южнокорейская марка сделала хэтчбек Hyundai i30 с сенсорным экраном на центральной консоли, цифровой панелью приборов и сразу двумя тачскринами на руле.

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Недорогая модель i30 выбрана специально для того, чтобы продемонстрировать — инновационные технологии могут быть доступны не только для дорогих автомобилей, но и для относительно бюджетных машин.

Старший инженер Human Machine Interface Технического центра Hyundai Motor Europe Реджина Кайзер отметила, что новые разработки позволят сделать жизнь водителя легче и удобнее. На каждый из экранов на руле можно до 5 кнопок, каждая из которых будет откликаться тактильно на нажатие.

Галерея: Hyundai Virtual Cockpit 2019

Показанная на иллюстрациях версия салона будущего представляет собой уже 4-й вариант разработки Hyundai. Начав работу в 2015 году, марка постоянно вносит улучшения. Например, приборная панель обладает 3D-эффектом за счёт использования сразу пары экранов, отстоящих друг от друга на 6 миллиметров.

Впрочем, в серийных автомобилях технологий в представленном виде ждать не стоит. Марка намерена внедрять наработки в свои модели, но постепенно.

Источник: Hyundai

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There is an ever-growing variety of information shared with the driver in the cockpits, especially on the displays.

To date, Hyundai's steering wheels and cockpits have undergone a major development process and the technology continues to evolve. But Hyundai is constantly working on future solutions to integrate the latest and upcoming communication features into its cars.

Major stages of cockpit development

Since 2015, there have been four significant project phases in the development of cockpits at Hyundai. An evaluation of Hyundai’s steering wheels and cockpits, as well as those of competitor cars, showed a broad variety and a substantial number of buttons. It became Hyundai’s target to reduce this number and to create a clean interface. The brand therefore opted to replace the rocker switches with two touch panels to make its steering wheels more intuitive.

In a project phase in 2016, Hyundai went a step further by replacing all hard keys with touchpads. This new development led to increased clarity and flexibility. The 2017 development phase even brought flexibility to a new level by making the cockpit easily customisable for users. Hyundai then replaced the touchpads of the 2016 model with two displays.

In 2018, Hyundai focused on improving the existing concept of touch displays with haptic feedback on the steering wheel. Hyundai consequently used the steering wheel of the i30 model.

Virtual cockpit technology continues to develop

In the latest development stage, the instrument cluster display was changed to a multi-layer display (MLD®). It allows a new, very natural way of attention control. In contrast to conventional displays, which can only display their contents on one level, the MLD® consists of two displays, which are stacked behind each other at a distance of 6mm. The distance between the two displays allows visual 3D effects: one part of the graphic is shown on the front display and the other part on the rear display. In the area where the graphics overlap, the impression of an object in space is created. This effect is used to guide the user’s attention with less distraction. The information most relevant for the present situation, for example the speed limit, is shown in the front display to catch the driver's eye. 

The pieces of information indicated on the steering wheel displays change depending on the current instrument cluster menu level and also depending on the driving situation. Furthermore, the customer can change the layout and the displayed “shortcuts” for entering specific applications tailored to his or her individual needs. The driver can customise the settings with up to five buttons per display, adjusted to preferences and frequency of usage, much like the layout of a smartphone. Customisable cockpit settings are becoming increasingly important as they offer drivers maximum freedom and strongly improve the user experience, making it more intuitive and comfortable.

The driver distraction study

In the latest development steps, the 2018 steering wheel has been integrated into a real car. Recently, Hyundai conducted a driver distraction study with the Würzburg Institute for Traffic Science (WIVW) to evaluate the usability of the latest innovations while driving. “We are doing research on the learnability, intuition and potential driver distraction of the virtual cockpit,” says Regina Kaiser. For all use cases, the results of the study clearly show that Hyundai’s new cockpit is significantly below the limits of the globally acknowledged motor vehicle safety associations AAM and NHTSA. Even for the more complex use cases, all test persons indicated only a slight distraction, which was perceived by them as noticeable but not as strenuous or interfering with the driving task. Furthermore, the participants of the study extolled the attractive design, the visual and haptic feedback and the reduced and intuitive structure of the prototype.

Freely configurable steering wheel displays enhance flexibility and are easily adapted to fit several vehicle models and segments. At this point, Hyundai is still in the early prototype phase of the new virtual cockpit. However, this is an important milestone and the virtual cockpit offers a platform for exciting new features as the technology continues to evolve. The end of the road has not been reached yet. Hyundai will use the results of the current clinic and integrate them into its future development plans.