Elektrobit (EB) has announced it is providing the development platform for digital instrument clusters and infotainment devices in Volkswagen’s new generation of electric cars. The company said the EB GUIDE toolchain enables developers at Volkswagen to easily and quickly design complex human machine interfaces (HMIs).
The EB GUIDE with its graphical, voice, touch, and gesture-based controls, allows the development of customised user interfaces for different brands from a single source, Elektrobit noted. The company claims the software toolkit to be among the most feature-rich HMI software solutions in the industry. The EB GUIDE helps to save time and increases the productivity of HMI development teams by consequently applying a model-based approach to the HMI development process including prototyping, specification, implementation and maintenance. Instead of developing software, HMI developers design the HMI with EB GUIDE’s desktop tools and execute it with EB GUIDE’s run-time components which are specifically engineered to run on automotive devices. HMI developers can focus on maximising the user experience. EB GUIDE lets them instantly test their changes on the desktop PC and quickly deploy them to the target device.
Gunnar Wegner, Head of HMI Development at Volkswagen, said the EB GUIDE provides a sophisticated HMI framework and HMI development environment for automotive series production. The 2D and especially the 3D features of EB GUIDE meet all the technological and visual requirements that Volkswagen IVI and cluster user interfaces have, he added.
Stating that the EB GUIDE excellently fits in with the Volkswagen HMI development process, Wegner said its plug-ins seamlessly integrate with Volkswagen’s skinning and internationalisation process. “EB’s HMI toolchain is perfectly suited for multi-user editing and HMI integration in our large team of developers. Volkswagen HMI Development takes on high requirements and expectations at every level. The substantial contribution EB GUIDE helps us meet these continuously.”
Martin Schleicher, Executive Vice President, Elektrobit, said the EB GUIDE is the ideal HMI development platform for car makers with large project scopes, such as Volkswagen. He added that the company’s HMI products enable Volkswagen to use and customise many versions and variants of its operating functions across all brands. “All models, animations, widgets and modules that were developed for a specific brand or model can be easily used for other brands and platforms.”