PARIS – Renesas Electronics Corp. and Elektrobit Corp. have joined forces to provide a hardware-software platform for human-machine interface development in the automotive sector.
Elektrobit (Oulu, Finland) said the runtime solution of its development platform for human machine interfaces, EB GUIDE Graphic Target Framework, has been ported to the Renesas R-Car H1 system chip. Carmakers are now able to use the Renesas chip with the EB GUIDE GTF for the early prototyping stage of instrument clusters, infotainment systems and navigation systems, the companies claimed.
The R-Car H1 is an SoC that integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor capable of clock frequencies up to 1-GHz and supporting numerous operating systems; one Renesas SH-4A real-time processing CPU core, a graphics processor and two image recognition processing cores, a dedicated audio processing digital signal processor and a variety of many other peripheral functions.
R-Car H1 system block diagram Click on image to enlarge
Partners said car manufacturers can now estimate the R-Car H1's performance in the early development stages. They can also save costs and time to build a prototyping environment due to the off-the-shelf GTF porting. They have immediate access to technology for HMI development and can try out and assess their solutions through the specification process to the implementation process.
Has anyone done any studies that correlate infotainment with accidents? Casual observations seem to indicate that most of erratic driving in Vancouver where I live are related to texting, watching video and talking on the phone (hands free or not doesn't seem to be making any difference)