In redefining modern performance with its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, General Motors tapped Johnson Controls, a leader in automotive electronics and interiors, to co-develop an advanced cluster display that redefines the Human Machine Interface (HMI).
The cluster display features many advanced technologies and can provide up to 69 unique sources of information, such as an interactive performance timer and tire temperature gauge. The 8-inch LCD screen located in the center of the cluster is organized using configurable themes that are designed to prioritize information for specific driving scenarios.
The driver can reconfigure gauges using three different themes: track; tour; and sport. For example, if using the track theme, the driver could reconfigure the gauges for lateral and longitudinal G-forces to determine how close they are to reaching the Stingray’s limits, or if in the tour theme, they could locate multimedia functions used during commuting or long-distance driving.
“We are pleased General Motors selected Johnson Controls to be a strategic partner in the development of the instrument cluster,” said Paul Lambert, group vice president and general manager, Electronics for Johnson Controls’ Automotive Electronics & Interiors. “It is our goal to design instrument clusters that not only enhance the consumer driving experience, but also distinguish vehicles like the Corvette Stingray.”
According to Lambert, Johnson Controls’ innovative cluster’s reconfigurable graphics meet the vehicle requirements and focus on drivers’ needs. This allows the user to intuitively access infotainment content and reconfigure the gauges in the instrument cluster. Benefits of the Johnson Controls instrument cluster architecture include: dynamic HMI with infotainment and advanced driver assistance system functionality; fully reconfigurable graphics for displays and the head-up display; and customizable cluster display theme and information.
The Johnson Controls Design Studio translated the customer brand and vision through a user-centric design approach. This enabled the team to deliver on Chevrolet’s vision of three unique selectable driving themes and customizable features.
Johnson Controls’ Design Studios have a unique approach to HMI, called Human Machine Interaction. Cross-functional teams work together to balance user behavior, the context of the driving environment and technology that connects to the driver’s senses. Using an iterative process of testing and refinement, these multidiscipline teams apply overlapping skill sets in: consumer and market research; interaction, industrial and graphic design; software and hardware simulation; engineering; and human factors.