Alpine’s first production application of Macromedia Flash enhances infotainment experience for Jaguar sports car.
Alpine’s first ever application of Macromedia Flash, the state of the art graphics system that powers some of the world’s most exciting multimedia presentations, will make its production debut on their touch screen for the Jaguar XK. From this single screen, audio, navigation, climate control, telephone and vehicle settings can all be adjusted making it a critical design component in the driving experience, now fully enhanced with screen graphics reminiscent of a quality website.
“This is our most advanced human machine interface to date”, says Alpine’s sales and marketing director, Dave Sheen. “It opens up significant opportunities for car designers to employ a flexible, creative user interface that’s still intuitive.”
Forming an integral part of the car interior, the touch screen is located in the centre of the instrument panel to provide a convenient and simple interface of all the key features of the vehicle’s infotainment system. The central position allows passenger and driver equal access to the system commands and latest LCD means the viewing angles, anti-reflection and glare properties are at the leading edge of the technology. The use of the touch screen and its radical GUI (Graphical User Interface) has introduced much cleaner lines to the dashboard, reducing button count and making selections less bewildering.
“We expect to see more applications,” continues Sheen. “Customers want something simple, quick and a pleasure to use; this technology is the way forward.”Published 28 October 2005