Visteon and ECARX to Develop Intelligent Cockpits with Qualcomm

  • February 10, 2021
  • William Payne

Ford spin-out auto electronics firm Visteon, Zhejiang based auto AI specialist ECARX and Qualcomm have launched an initiative to develop intelligent cockpits for both conventional and electric vehicle applications. 

Visteon and ECARX are working together to develop new solutions built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform. The aim is to commercialize an integrated cockpit project for a variety of vehicle platforms starting in 2021. 

Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon, described digital content as “the battleground” for OEMs as human interfaces become more complex and connected technologies are increasingly important to improve the cockpit.

“Our cooperation with ECARX and Qualcomm Technologies on intelligent cockpits will offer a compelling new digital experience to users,” Lawande said. “Visteon is pleased with the work we’ve done with ECARX and Qualcomm Technologies. Our teams have undergone rapid development, design and integration together, and are committed to delivering technology and creativity for a high-quality cockpit experience across multiple segments.”

ECARX has made significant investments to establish global platforms. “Our work with Visteon and Qualcomm Technologies delivers world-class performance of our platform and technology as we expand our presence in the global automotive industry,” said Ziyu Shen, ECARX CEO. “ECARX has a leading position in China with a strong and unique ecosystem structure, leading HMI, connectivity and infotainment. This is the latest example of a growth strategy that will continue to create new and global business opportunities by engaging the best digital electronics and software talents in our technology industry.”

Visteon and Qualcomm Technologies are developing intelligent, platform-based solutions that bring scenario-based, personalized automotive cockpit experiences to drivers. Visteon will incorporate the 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms into its next-generation SmartCore cockpit domain control platform, creating an infotainment ecosystem that safely delivers integrity-level information to drivers and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Based on the 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms, Visteon’s SmartCore improves the development capability of intelligent cockpits for ECARX’s transition to an intelligent cockpit solution. SmartCore independently operates multiple displays and applications throughout the cockpit, keeping occupants informed and entertained. As the first Tier 1 supplier to offer a cockpit domain controller on a production vehicle, Visteon will deliver hardware systems for ECARX global applications. Visteon has worked with Qualcomm Technologies since 2018, focusing on developing next-generation solutions for ECARX.

“As Qualcomm Technologies expands its presence throughout the automotive segment, we can bring broader and deeper levels of support to new customers for a more immersive cockpit experience by working with the world-class technical and customer support from Visteon,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president and GM, automotive at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We have a long and trusted relationship with Visteon, and we are confident that their strong experience with our products and technologies will allow them to bring effective and comprehensive support to ECARX for our Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms.”