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Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Don’t miss out on the most interesting parts of Car HMI Europe 2018 — follow these companies worth watching

June 21, 2018

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On June 27, 2018, Intellias will attend Car HMI Europe 2018 – UX Redefined in Berlin, Germany. Outstanding participants, numerous visitors, and event partners will gather to discuss intuitive vehicles supported by the next generation of UX and human machine interfaces (HMIs). Visitors will get exclusive insights into the latest trends in electric cars, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and ADAS, infotainment, control architectures, and other HMI-related topics.

At Car HMI Europe 2018, 60 speakers out of 300 HMI and UX professionals will showcase groundbreaking developments in the automotive industry.

Our list of 10 distinguished Tier 1 companies you’ll meet at Car HMI Europe 2018 includes established players in the automotive industry as well as promising, disruptive startups. Let’s have a closer look at them.

Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Intellias’ list of the most interesting T1 companies at Car HMI Europe 2018


Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Rightware is a frequent guest at Car HMI Europe and is one of the business partners of this year’s event. This company is among the leading global providers of UI design software and HMI services for the automotive industry.

Rightware is best known for their complex UI solution called Kanzi. The Kanzi product family is a set of tools for UI development, from UI creation to integration and deployment. This Finnish company is trusted by over 35 car brands including Audi, Nissan, and members of the VW Group as a software provider for rapid and reliable HMI development. These OEM brand owners are very optimistic, claiming to be on track to power the user experience in over 20 million cars by 2022.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Derek Sellin, Vice President of Marketing at Rightware, on June 28 from 15:30 to 16:00 for his presentation in the form of a case study titled Creating a Seamless User Experience for the Connected Car HMI.

Read more: Find out how Intellias built stress-free HMI navigation components for premium in-car infotainment systems

Nippon Seiki

Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Nippon Seiki is truly a global company. This automotive giant has assets in 29 countries. On top of that, it’s one of the largest machinery manufacturers in Japan. Its European division has offices in the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Poland, and France.

More than 70 years ago, Nippon Seiki started with the production of clocks and speed meters. Today, Nippon Seiki products are used in construction and agricultural machinery, boats, and even snowmobiles. In the automotive industry, Nippon Seiki is a pioneer and production leader of head-up displays (HUD) and instrument clusters. Their offerings range from traditional analog displays to integrated digital cockpits and products enabling ADAS and autonomous driving.

Read more: Intellias developed an ADAS solution for electric vehicles that enriched the braking, steering, lighting and power supply systems

Preh Car Connect

Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Preh Car Connect believes that with the advent of IoT, the entire concept of an automobile has changed. Today, a car is a mobile control center that provides the driver with personalized feature-based real-time information from various sources for both informational and entertainment purposes. Preh Car Connect develops infotainment, connectivity, and navigation solutions as well as software for tuners and telematics.

Previously known as TechniSat Automotive, Preh Car Connect is now a Dresden subdivision of Preh LLC, which has been a part of the Chinese Joyson Group since 2011. As a result of a takeover, this Tier 1 company has strengthened its competence among navigation and vehicle networking software providers.

Read more: Learn why V2V, V2I, V2X, and other communication systems are essential for autonomous future

Carmeq Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Carmeq is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group with a focus on software for vehicle electronics. Their software-based development revolves around driver assistance, driver comfort, and infotainment. Carmeq consulting and analytical services include market and technology assessments, prototype development, testing of market introduction scenarios, and cost/benefit analyses.

The Carmeq team has made a profound contribution to the development and implementation of the Combined Charging System (CCS). CCS is a quick charging method for electric car batteries that’s supported by nine major automotive manufacturers.

Feel free to contact us and arrange a meeting with Intellias representatives at the event. See you at Car HMI Europe 2018 – UX Redefined in Berlin!
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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

  • Founded: 1978
  • Location: Corporate HQ in Shanghai, China; European HQ in Neuss, Germany
  • Size: 33,000+ employees
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Yanfeng is a global leader in automotive interiors. They believe that with the rise of digitalization and connectivity, people will not only revolutionize the way they drive cars, they will also reconsider what they do in cars. Yanfeng Automotive Interiors helps people spend time driving in a comfortable vehicle and goes beyond redefining how people live and work inside their cars. Autonomous driving, connectivity, electric driving, shared mobility – all the fundamentals of future cars have materialized in Yanfeng’s XIM 18, XIM 17, and ID16 concept cars.

Dominique Taffin, Senior Manager of Industrial Design at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, will share his insights on advancements in voice recognition and control technologies and their impact on car hardware and embedded systems in his talk titled The Trend for Simplification in the User Experience on Friday, June 29 from 11:40 to 15:10.

Veoneer Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Here’s an interesting fact: the official launch – or perhaps we should say stock listing – of this company is planned for the last quarter of 2018. Even so, it’s already regarded as a leading automotive safety electronics company with one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry. This is all because Veoneer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Autoliv, Inc., the world’s largest automotive safety supplier.

Veoneer has an explicit goal to ensure the active safety of self-driving solutions. The company will provide automobile manufacturers with electronics, sensors, and software for active safety, ADAS, and autonomous driving as well as advanced brake control solutions.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Annika Larsson, Research Specialist in Human Factors, Automated Driving and Preventive at Veoneer, on June 28 when she’ll be speaking on designing simple, intuitive and holistic HMIs – LIV from 14:30 to 15:00.

Read more: Intellias built embedded software for engine control units for an EU-based auto manufacturer

IAV GmbH Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

IAV is a reputable German company that can boast strong contributions to the automotive industry worldwide. For over 30 years, IAV has been a partner to such automotive superstars as the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Fiat, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Ford Motor Company, Porsche, Toyota, and General Motors. A thought leader in the automotive HMI industry, IAV is a business partner of this year’s Car HMI Europe conference.

The company’s core competencies include production-ready solutions in all fields of electronics, powertrains, and vehicle development. Moreover, IAV has several test vehicles demonstrating the newest connected driving solutions. They will showcase how cloud-based and IoT tech can transform the user experience inside a car. Their demos will contain solutions for intelligent safety analysis, adaptable and personalized experiences, and even savvy shopping.

Meet the company’s Head of the UX, HMI & Instrument Cluster Department Marcus Heinath on June 28. Starting at 9.00 am, he’ll be speaking on the topic of automotive HMI benchmarking with UX KPIs.

Read more: Find out how Intellias implemented over-the-air map updates for connected cars

Drust Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Drust is a promising French startup whose automotive intelligence platform has successfully taken off with $3.4M in funding. Drust’s co-founder and CEO, Michaël Fernandez, used to work for PSA Peugeot Citroen and knows the rules of the automotive industry from the inside. The owners of this startup see their company as a service provider for drivers rather than another telematics company. They’re developing services both in the B2C and B2B2C domains.

Drust offers a personalized user experience through a mobile app called AKOLYT. The community-based app features real-time guidance for improving your driving skills, tells you when it’s time for vehicle diagnostics or maintenance, and suggests how to reduce fuel consumption.

Inpris Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

The goal of this ambitious Israeli startup is to make driving safer without compromising vehicle connectivity. And they’re making good progress. Inpris began with a virtual keyboard for visually impaired people. After a positive the response from their community, they enhanced the keyboard and patented a new approach to HMI with an intuitive eyes-free touch control.

Inpris technology maps a user’s hand and assigns each finger a specific role within their car’s multimedia system. Messaging, calling, navigating, and playing music can all be done without looking at the screen thanks to Inpris.

Gestigon Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Gestigon is a closely-knit team of technology addicts with a good sense of humor and a dog (don’t ask, just visit their website). This German startup managed to close round A funding with nbr technology ventures in 2015. In 2017, without disclosing the details, it was acquired by Valeo. The French automotive supplier will benefit from Gestigon’s software solutions for gesture control and body tracking based on 3D depth data.

Gestigon reconsiders the way people interact with cars. They believe it’s not users who should adapt to advances in technology but rather vehicles that should be equipped to simplify people’s lives. They strive to add more understanding to the car’s brain. Using VR and AR tech, Gestigon works to interpret user gestures and behavior to predict needs and context and respond accordingly. A recognized expert in human-centric interfaces for the automotive industry, Gestigon is among the business partners of Car HMI Europe 2018.

Top 10 Tier 1 Companies to Watch at Car HMI Europe 2018

Intellias is excited to participate in Car HMI Europe 2018 and we’re looking forward to more than two days of networking with the crème de la crème of the automotive industry. Feel free to contact us and arrange a meeting with Intellias representatives at the event. Save the dates: June 27–29, 2018.

See you at Car HMI Europe 2018 – UX Redefined in Berlin!

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