The next generation of cockpits will be software controlled

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How passengers and drivers interact with their vehicles has evolved rapidly in just a few years. The global market for human-machine interfaces (HMI) in the automotive industry reached a value of USD 17.5 billion in 2021.

The industry is moving towards a world of connected, autonomous, shared and electrified cars. Today, automakers are implementing a range of HMI technologies including voice commands, touch screens, inward cameras, head-up displays, and multifunctional controllers to create a better driving experience.

As a result of the industry’s focus on speech recognition, augmented reality, safety and interaction without distractions, the development of cockpits has accelerated rapidly. “Back to the analog cockpits: the hardware was limiting and its cost drove the industry to move towards digital cockpits,” says Abdallah Huballah, Software Engineer at Incari.

Incari is a Berlin-based software company that has developed new HMIs that use the potential of digital technologies to set new standards for cockpits. It has worked with Piëch Automotive to develop the digital cockpit of the Piëch GT electric sports car. Piëch was founded in Zurich in 2016 by Toni Piëch – the great-grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche. Since then, the company has built its first working prototype, a two-seat electric sports car augmented by Incaris HMI.

“The Piëch GT digital cockpit is impressive in every way,” said Osman Dumbuya, Founder and CEO of Incari. “It marks a new benchmark in the industry. But we’re just as proud of the process. The extremely fast, lean and efficient development of the entire HMI system has confirmed all the advantages of our software solution.”

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