Garmin will showcase a range of new infotainment tech for automakers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, Las Vegas. This includes Garmin tech designed to minimize distractions when driving through an interactive head-up display (HUD) interface, as well as new developments of its K2 infotainment platform to select industry members and the press at a private interaction.
“Garmin’s auto OEM group utilizes the company’s extensive experience in user interface and hardware design to address one of the biggest challenges of the auto industry today: developing in-car infotainment that allows drivers to stay connected behind the wheel without diverting their attention from the road,” said Matt Munn, Garmin managing director automotive OEM. “Garmin’s K2 infotainment platform and interactive HUD interface have been developed utilizing an in-house driving simulator that uses cameras to track the driver’s eye movements. The interface design is based on the time and cognitive load required to perform a task with the goal of minimizing driver distraction.”
Garmin’s automotive HUD interface helps keep a driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The interface has a passive state which includes customizable audio, navigation or communication content just below the driver’s line of sight. The navigation view can display information such as junction views, lane guidance, speed limit and safety warnings.
An innovative proximity sensor on the steering wheel activates an interactive mode to switch between different pages. Two steering wheel buttons aid users in selecting in-menu options, such as start a route, view traffic information, change a radio station or initiate a phone call. Presets in each menu for quick access has been suggested.
Garmin will showcase new K2 infotainment platform developments. This includes production-ready hardware design, new features, and evolution of K2’s intuitive user interface (UI). Garmin’s K2 infotainment turns the car dashboard into a digital cockpit. 2014 CES’s new K2 demo will include integration of third-party entertainment, and navigation-related content. Garmin will show other automotive OEM developments. This includes insights into its driver distraction research, and a fully integrated Android infotainment head unit.