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Johnson Controls develops 3D Multilayer Instrument Cluster concept

Thu, 09 Feb 2012

Johnson Controls has developed a new instrument cluster concept that displays its information through a 3D interface.

The Multilayer Instrument Cluster concept, initially intended for use in full- and mid-size luxury cars, is designed to improve the safety of the driver and the overall efficiency of the vehicle.

Jeff DeBest, vice president and general manager, global electronics for Johnson Controls Automotive Experience said, "The dynamic movement and interaction of the multiple layers of information offers customers the next-generation of 3D driver assistance.

"Its compelling and contemporary 3D graphics showcases the potential of this type of system," he added.

Johnson Control's cluster concept uses thin-film transistor (TFT) technology, which improves resolution, brightness and contrast, and provides the driver with spatial representations for driving information such as speed and navigation.

It has been designed to allow important information to come to the front of the display while the less relevant information moves into the background.

The concept is placed directly in front of the driver, meaning the driver does not have take their eyes away from the direction they are driving. When used alongside driver assistance systems it shows decreasing distance towards an object in the form of a graphic.

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By Rufus Thompson