For the past ten years, just-auto has reported on the novel innovations emanating from Johnson Controls, one of the world's largest manufacturers of cockpit systems, including instrument panels and clusters, information displays and body controllers, among other technologies. Matthew Beecham talked with Thomas Beer, senior product business manager, global product centre cockpit systems, Johnson Controls and Gert-Dieter Tuzar, principal designer HMI (Human Machine Interface), Johnson Controls, about meeting consumer expectations for the cockpit, the increasing use of infotainment and information assistant systems that relieve the cognitive burden on drivers and the importance of good HMI concepts.