Visteon and China internet technology specialist Tencent will jointly develop autonomous driving and intelligent cockpits, initially for the Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) R&D Center in China, the suppliers announced at CES 2019.

Under an agreement, Visteon's claimed industry first SmartCore cockpit domain control platform will incorporate Tencent Automotive intelligence (TAI) to enable user interaction and control based on facial expression and voice and gesture recognition – offering, it is said, "a compelling new digital experience to users".

Visteon, Tencent and GAC R&D will jointly develop, and share research results for, intelligent technologies for an integrated cockpit project targeted for production on GAC all electric vehicles starting in 2020.

Tencent specialises in artificial intelligence, cloud and big data. Thanks to a series of well-established service systems, it claims industry leadership and one of the biggest user bases in China. Its TAI product combines a systematic content platform, big data, ecological services and AI capabilities – providing intelligent, scenario-based, personalised social network services.

Visteon, which claims to have been the first Tier 1 supplier to supply a cockpit domain controller on a production vehicle, early last year, reckons its SmartCore single-chip multi-core processor will help automakers move to the intelligent cockpit. Independently, the processor operates multiple displays and applications.

DriveCore, a scalable, fail-safe and open platform for Level 3 and above autonomous driving, was designed for automakers and partners and consists of the hardware, an in-vehicle middleware for safe communication, and a PC-based software toolset enabling machine learning algorithms.

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"In China, cloud-based intelligent and connected technologies are key to improving the cockpit experience," the partners said at CES.

Tencent said the intelligent vehicle would be the next key platform for mobile internet.

"Mobility solutions are being redefined."

Incorporating content and service systems with advanced safety features would better connect people and services.

Visteon and GAC R&D Center have been working under a strategic cooperation agreement since January 2018, focused on developing Level 3-plus autonomous driving and cockpit domain controllers based on DriveCore and SmartCore.

Visteon and Tencent announced at CES™ 2019 that they will cooperate to develop autonomous driving and intelligent cockpit solutions, initially for Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) R&D Center. Shown from left making the announcement are Wang Qiujing, president of GAC R&D Center; Sachin Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon; and Zhong Xiangping, vice president of Tencent.