Panasonic Automotive launches SPYDR 2.0, a complete Cockpit Domain Control platform

Jan 9, 2019   Technology

Panasonic Automotive, a global supplier of automotive infotainment and connectivity systems solutions, launched its latest fully integrated technology platform to transform the consumer experience and deliver new flexibility and freedom for automakers.

Panasonic Automotive revealed its latest SPYDR 2.0 at CES 2019, which is a single brain cockpit domain controller solution featuring a Driver Monitoring System (DMS) with Head-Up Display (HUD) Integration.


SPYDR 2.0 is a smart technology platform. Panasonic Automotive recognised the current overcrowded state of most vehicles, and designed a solution that can integrate the brains of IVI, cluster, surround view, ANC, HUD and up to four entertainment displays within one platform. SPYDR 2.0 is designed to blend safety and non-safety components seamlessly, including multiple displays with telltales, complex video and audio processing algorithms, tuners, and also offers automatic contextual personalisation.


With Panasonic Automotive’s patent-pending technology, SPYDR 2.0 integrates a camera with direct view of the driver without any visual blockage. With SPYDR 2.0, vehicle manufacturers experience enhanced scalability, performance, flexibility, openness, and speed to market. The first model of SPYDR made its debut at CES 2018.


“Our teams are passionate about making the driving experience safer and more enjoyable with our connected digital cockpit solutions,” said Scott Kirchner, President, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. “The integrated DMS HUD is a testament to the company’s vision and dedication to creating a safer and more enjoyable connected vehicle aligned with emerging automotive market trends that will help us to continue to pave the way for more partnerships and system solutions.”


DMS HUD seamlessly integrates the merging of technologies utilising augmented reality foundationally serviced by Panasonic proprietary production level DMS algorithm. The packaging of the driver monitoring camera is placed inside the HUD unit, which leverages the company’s expertise in precise manufacturing of optical components, such as projectors and cameras, to achieve a packaging size of 40% less than equivalent systems in the market today.


The system can track the driver’s face, adjust the HUD mirror and display vertically based on the placement of the person’s facial features, allowing the driver to see the image without manually adjusting the display. SPYDR 2.0 also offers a strong cost-saving through inclusion of eHorizon, surround view, amplifiers, premium audio enhancements, and no touch personalisation.

“Panasonic is experienced in achieving precise manufacturing of optical components such as projectors and cameras, and SPYDR 2.0 with DMS HUD integration provides a leap forward,” said Andrew Poliak, Vice President of advanced engineering & product planning, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America.


Noteworthy features of the SPYDR 2.0 platform include: Production ready hardware, Three direct drive displays (Cluster, IVI, DMS HUD), 4K display resolution support, Multiple camera inputs with Surround View Camera – Stitching with DSP enhancement, DMS HUD integration with vertical face scanning to detect driver engagement, OneConnect connected services platform integration including analytics and OTA as well as Hypervisor and Google Android P Integration.

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