Hurra, noch mehr Bildschirme ...

Der Siegeszug von Bildschirmen in den Innenräumen moderner Autos ist unaufhaltsam. Zentraldisplays werden immer größer (bis zu 17 Zoll im Tesla Model X) und analoge Instrumente weichen auch immer häufiger ihren schicken digitalen Alternativen. Die jüngste Hyundai-Studie aber, hebt den Screen-Overkill auf ein ganz neues Level: Ja, Sie sehen richtig, die neueste Virtual-Cockpit-Studie der Marke hat Displays auf dem Lenkrad.

Integriert wurde das Cockpit der Zukunft in einen normalen Hyundai i30. Es beinhaltet den gewohnten Infotainmentbildschirm, ein digitales Instrumentendisplay sowie ... ähm ... zwei kleine Bildschirme auf dem Lenkrad, dort, wo der Fahrer in der Regel seine Daumen ablegt. Ulkigerweise verfügt der umgebaute Kompaktwagen auch über ein manuelles Schaltgetriebe, was in diesem Zusammenhang ein wenig seltsam wirkt.

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Aber warum ausgerechnet ein i30? „Wir haben uns für das Lenkrad des i30 entschieden, um zu zeigen, dass Innovationen nicht auf Fahrzeuge mit höherem Segment beschränkt sind“, erklärt Regina Kaiser, Senior Engineer Human Machine Interface im Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center in Rüsselsheim. „Damit beweist Hyundai, dass Innovationen für eine breite Kundenbasis möglich sind.“

Laut Hyundai, soll dieses Virtual Cockpit Fahrern das Leben deutlich erleichtern. „Hyundai arbeitet ständig an neuen Technologien, die unsere Autos perfekt intuitiv und benutzerfreundlich machen“, ergänzt Kaiser. Die beiden Lenkrad-Bildschirme sind konfigurierbar, mit bis zu Fünf "Tasten" pro Display. Und sie versorgen den Nutzer zur besseren Bedienung mit haptischem Feedback. 

Es handelt sich um Hyundais vierte Version des Virtual Cockpit. Die Koreaner zeigten die erste Variante schon 2015, nahmen aber immer wieder kleine Optimierungen vor. Die Touchscreens auf dem Volant sind neu. Genau wie die digitale Instrumenten-Anzeige, die nun mehrschichtig funktioniert. Dieses Multilayer-Display besteht aus zwei Displays, die im Abstand von 6 mm hintereinander montiert sind. In dem Bereich, in dem sich die Grafiken überlappen, wird der Eindruck eines Objekts im Raum erzeugt. Hyundai sagt, dieser 3D-Effekt helfe dem Fahrer, die Relevanz von Informationen besser einordnen zu können und Ablenkung zu vermindern. So könne beispielsweise die aktuell wichtigere Info, wie eine Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung, vorne angezeigt werden, während die Tankanzeige weiter hinten verschwindet. 

Einen fixen Zeitpunkt für die Integration des Virtual Cockpit in seine Serienfahrzeuge nennt Hyundai nicht. Stattdessen wird man wohl eher Teile davon in zukünftigen Modellen wiederfinden.

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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.