Delphi Automotive (Troy, MI), a Tier 1 automotive supplier of electronics and technologies involving injection molded components, announced that it has created dynamic, high-definition, in-vehicle instrument cluster display capabilities without the downsides of existing 3D solutions. The 3D MLD display features crisp and vibrant visuals, said Delphi’s release. It provides a true 3D effect without special glasses.
The concept combines software and optical and imaging technologies using two LCD panels, layered with one in front of the other and a gap in between. The visual impression is stunning without causing eye strain, headaches, cross-talk, decreased definition or the sweet spots typically associated with 3D visuals.
Beyond the “wow” factor, the MLD display offers safety benefits, as well, said Delphi. By utilizing the extra salience of depth with MLD, the driver can be notified of critical alerts in his or her peripheral vision; complex information (such as a navigation map) is easier to comprehend. In addition, with content distinctly separated between layers, the driver can find contextually important information at a glance while high-priority information is immediately accessible in the forefront. These features mean that MLD can reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road in order to understand a digital image and improve reaction times to alerts and warnings. Overall driver distraction is reduced, according to Delphi.
Delphi’s MLD cluster first debuted in a concept Ford Mustang GT at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016; for CES 2017, Delphi expanded the use of MLD displays across the entire dashboard to provide a real 3D cockpit experience with the inclusion of a touch-augmented center stack and an auxiliary gadget display in addition to the cluster. The drop-in nature of MLD technology can enhance any existing instrument display. The optical and imaging design were even adjusted to provide optimized, wide viewing angles for the center stack, allowing automakers additional flexibility in their premium HMI differentiation. MLD technology is the culmination of Delphi’s full stack expertise in product development, from automotive hardware and software to display technology, graphics processing and HMI design.
Connectivity is becoming increasingly important in today’s vehicles, and Delphi announced last week a commercial partnership with Transdev, a global provider of mobility services, to develop a global, fully automated, mobility-on-demand transport system. The system will utilize Transdev’s Universal Routing Engine and Delphi’s previously announced automated driving platform, which Delphi is developing in partnership with Mobileye. BMW, Intel and Mobileye announced last year that Delphi would become a systems integrator and development partner for their joint automated vehicle effort. The goal in joining forces is to deliver a “fully automated driving system for serial production by 2021.”