Additional highlights include morphing interfaces that can reveal or hide displays as required, for example, or a windshield that can be used as a monitor to show information about certain places in the area or to play films.
To make the vision a reality, Continental says it has already developed the necessary hardware, which controls all the vehicle’s input and output devices, plus mobile devices with a single electronic control unit (ECU).
The Integrated Interior Platform (IIP) is an important step toward a comprehensive human-machine interface and links the vehicle cockpit, which acts as a central computer, with the driver and his or her mobile devices, other road users, infrastructure and the cloud. The IIP operates safety-relevant functions such as instrumentation, as well as cloud-based or infotainment functions, using a single piece of hardware.
By merging hitherto separate domains in the cockpit of the future, Continental says it is not only laying the groundwork for a fully updatable interior, but the driver can use functions across all applications, even if these were previously restricted to the instrument cluster or the displays on the centre console. The option to move content means there is nothing standing in the way of personalised cockpits, says the company.
To develop Cockpit Vision 2025, Continental says it took an approach of strategic foresight, looking at the development of trends and the future. This involved identifying seven automotive scenarios for the year 2030 that differed in terms of attitudes to vehicle ownership, environmental awareness and price-consciousness within a society, for example.
The next step was for the researchers to determine which scenario was most applicable to each market and to hold workshops in six countries over three continents to generate the most diverse visions possible for the various scenarios.
Panels of experts compared the content obtained by these processes with current trends and forecasts by visionary insiders in the industry and added such contributions as trend and technology analyses, country profiles and information on applicable legislation.