The rivalry among automakers to create the most sophisticated and intuitive vehicle interior is at an all-time high. But there’s one name that stood out at CES. Technology company Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung, has shown us what the future could be. At the 2018 CES event, Harman launched its new Digital Cockpit Concept. It has certainly caught a lot of attention with its superb execution.
Firstly, Harman decided to lose the standard central infotainment screen that you see in most vehicles today. And to replace that, they added a massive, retractable display that stretches from the center of the dashboard, all the way to the passenger door instead. While this isn’t the first time for this kind of design to be unveiled, it is by far the best that we’ve seen. It comes with a huge QLED screen that gives both the driver and the passenger access to control it, choose options, and customize it to how they personally want it. Passengers of this car will never be bored.
What makes it even more practical is the fact that two people can simultaneously use the single screen. In other words, the passenger can use it to play games, browse through the internet, or stream videos, at the same time the driver utilizes the navigation information or music. As for the design, it may look like one massive QLED screen in the centerpiece, but it is actually made of a number of smaller OLED screens that can barely be distinguished throughout the cabin.
In the center, there are also three dials to control air temperature, time, as well as to access voice assistance - like Microsoft’s Cortana or Amazon’s Alexa. Within each dial are tiny OLED screens that display the desired functions. More OLED screens can be found in places like under the dials, which are where user can control A/C controls, driver settings, and other various vehicle options.
Having said all that, the digital cockpit concept, as you can see in the images, has been fitted in a sleek cabin, and is well in tune with what modern customers expect to see. This will definitely look good with the digital moonroof. And if you attended the CES event, you probably saw that it came in the cockpit of a Maserati GranCabrio that starts at $338,000. However, Harman did say that this can be fitted in other vehicles too.
Harman’s Digital Cockpit platform definitely sets the bar high for future vehicles. It represents a new generation of communications and ergonomics inside a vehicle, letting drivers focus on their driving, while safely interacting with on car technology and entertainment.