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This Delphi innovation replaces separate HVAC, radio, entertainment and communications, accessory switches and other functional switches with one single mechatronic module. This allows for reduction in wiring harness cost and mass. It also provides easier vehicle assembly. Delphi can supply multiple versions of the panel from a common base design that reduces tooling costs and increasing savings for customers.
"In an increasingly crowded and fierce market, we are continuously looking for ways to help our customers add value to their products," said Jugal Vijayvargiya, product business unit vice president, Delphi Controls & Security. "Our Integrated Instrument Panel Center Stack is another great example of how we are focusing on innovation and up-integration to help make our customers more competitive."
Delphi's Integrated Instrument Panel helps vehicle makers eliminate much of the clutter on the instrument panel. It also enhances the interior aesthetics, lighting, feel and quality of the vehicle. By offering more packaging options, the unit helps customers differentiate their vehicles from their competitor's vehicles. The Integrated Instrument Panel Center Stack is a continuation of the shift to more robust, modular mechatronics systems and represents an important step forward for OEMs in regards to multiple switch integration.
"Delphi continues to further develop this branch of multiple switch integration mechatronics," said Vijayvargiya. "Electronic functions are being integrated into control modules, bringing added value to the customer."
Delphi's Integrated Instrument Panel is available with touch screen and traditional switching interfaces. Delphi can integrate switch functions for a centrally mounted touch screen that allows for intuitive selection of climate, audio, navigation, telephone and vehicle personalization settings or utilize traditional switches for these functions.
The Delphi innovation also includes a variety of switches for a second set of controls for the climate control system, CD loader and player and stereo. The Delphi system can automatically distinguish between the driver and passenger selections. Complexity is reduced through the elimination of multiple interfaces, with only one controller area network (CAN) serial bus utilized for high-speed data transmission.
The possibility of having a single supplier, with system and vehicle- integration expertise, provide all of the switch functions in a single package is important to improving overall quality and ensures easier assembly and in- car installation. A single module improves overall appearance and design harmony. The completed module also helps reduce customer logistics concerns, since the integration of numerous components is carried out in advance.
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