Visteon has inaugurated its new expanded technology centre in Karlsruhe, Germany, which will drive advanced development of vehicle cockpit electronics, including information display, driver assistance, cockpit domain controller and autonomous driving.

Supporting European automakers, including collaboration with Daimler, BMW and the VW Group concerning the introduction of new technology, the Karlsruhe centre also leads the development of Visteon’s DriveCore autonomous driving platform.

“As the lead development hub for Europe, Karlsruhe works closely with the region’s technical centres in Bulgaria, Romania, France and the UK to deliver disruptive technology such as the industry-first cockpit domain controller – SmartCore – which launched on the Mercedes Benz A-Class and Actros truck earlier this year,” said Visteon president and CEO, Sachin Lawande.

“We have high expectations for the scalable DriveCore platform to be the next major milestone for this centre.”

With global automakers as customers – including BMW, Daimler, Porsche and VW – the facility is responsible for developing digital instrument clusters, information displays, infotainment systems, cockpit domain controllers and autonomous driving solutions.

The centre enjoys strong relationships with regional technical institutions and universities as an active partner making both technical and academic contributions.

This includes the nationally funded KIP project, where Visteon’s technology office and partners from automotive and technology businesses work with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to create a database of training data for artificial intelligence in vehicles.

Visteon also will use the autonomous driving test area operated by the Karlsruhe Traffic Association to test vehicles with autonomous driving functions in real road conditions.