California-based Karma Automotive has launched its new high-end, luxury plug-in hybrid, the Karma Revero, with a digital cockpit created using Kanzi® user interface software from Rightware, the leading provider of automotive Human-Machine Interface (HMI) software solutions. The innovative new vehicle has a digital cockpit consisting of two integrated HMIs—a fully digital instrument cluster and a high-resolution infotainment system—enhancing the look and feel of Karma’s highly distinctive brand.
Karma Automotive (Karma), formerly known as Fisker Automotive, is a pioneer in high-end, luxury hybrid cars. Karma has revealed its latest creation, the Karma Revero, which features a digital cockpit experience created with Rightware Kanzi. The digital cockpit consists of two distinct but integrated and interconnected HMIs—a fully digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system. The two HMIs share data seamlessly, creating a cohesive brand and user experience for the driver.
“Our vision at Karma Automotive is to inspire. We strive for timeless designs and use the latest and best technology in order to create a distinct experience that forms an emotional connection between the driver and the brand. The digital cluster and infotainment system play a major role in creating this connection. Kanzi enabled us to rapidly create a stunning and distinctive digital user experience that reflects our unique brand identity and take the Karma driving experience to another level”, says David Witt, UX + HMI Design Manager from Karma Automotive.
The digital instrument cluster in the Karma Revero is configurable to suit the driver’s preferences. Its centerpiece is a digital speedometer with integrated infotainment and map content. The digital instrument cluster is integrated with the Revero’s high-resolution infotainment system, with a screen that updates at a vibrant 60 frames per second. The infotainment system provides a highly responsive and engaging user experience with integrated access to HVAC and Infotainment functions, making them easily accessible with just a few touches. Continuous innovation is important to Karma, and thanks to Kanzi’s small memory and storage footprint, Karma will be able to quickly and effortlessly update the user interface software using Over-the-Air (OTA) updates.
“We are extremely happy to be co-operating with Karma Automotive, one of the forerunners in the high-end, hybrid luxury car segment. In addition to having an innovative approach to merging technology and design, Karma Automotive also truly understands and appreciates the high value and opportunity for differentiation offered by infotainment systems, both for the brand and the driving experience”, says Ville Ilves, President at Rightware.
Rapid UI development made possible by Kanzi
One of the main reasons Karma Automotive chose Kanzi for the new Karma Revero was the ability of Kanzi to enable rapid UI prototyping and a seamless transition from design to production. Karma needed a UI solution that would enable them to rapidly create a new, stunning and visually distinctive digital user experience for their newest vehicle without compromising on quality. With the scalable and extendable Kanzi platform, Karma Automotive created two high quality HMIs in mere months and was able to meet development time targets. Kanzi enabled Karma’s core UI team to work in a lean and agile way with continuous design iterations, allowing design changes to be quickly tested on real hardware. Several plug-ins provided by Kanzi helped Karma to establish full connectivity with car electronics from the beginning of the design process, which accelerated development considerably.