Cockpit electronics supplier Visteon Corporation has joined forces with Chinese internet technology leader Tencent to develop autonomous driving and intelligent cockpit solutions.
Under the agreement, Visteon’s industry-first SmartCore cockpit domain control platform will incorporate Tencent Automotive intelligence (TAI) solutions to enable user interaction and control based on facial expression and voice and gesture recognition. The solutions are intended initially for the Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) R&D Center in China.
Visteon, Tencent and GAC R&D will jointly develop, and share research results for, intelligent technologies for an integrated cockpit project targeted for commercialization on GAC pure electric vehicles starting in 2020.
The agreement was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas by Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon, Zhong Xiangping, vice president of Tencent, and Wang Qiujing, deputy chief of GAC executive committee and president of GAC R&D Center.
Visteon and the GAC R&D Center have been working under a strategic cooperation agreement since January 2018, focused on developing level 3-plus autonomous driving solutions and cockpit domain controllers based on Visteon’s DriveCore safety autonomous driving controller and its SmartCore cockpit controller.