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Digital Instrument Clusters: Technical Challenges, Market Opportunities

April 2009
7 pages
Digital Instrument Clusters: Technical Challenges, Market Opportunities

Automakers are migrating to digital instrument clusters to reduce costs and enhance the market appeal of their products, while continuing to equip their vehicles with displays that present the vehicle's vital signs in an intuitive, immediately digestible fashion. This paper describes some of the requirements for building digital instrument clusters, and suggests some innovations enabled by this technology.


The Migration to Digital — System Requirements — Standard Graphics — Corrective Actions — Room to Innovate — Managing Distraction [+]

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Andy Gryc

Andy Gryc

Andy Gryc [Grits] has been a software developer and designer for over 20 years, and is currently a senior product marketing manager at QNX.

Prior to joining QNX Software Systems, he worked as the lead embedded software architect for GM OnStar; designed and implemented a speech recognition engine for a speech technology company; and served as a member of the Hewlett-Packard team that created the software for palmtops and the BIOS for the Omnibook notebooks.

As well a contributing regularly to the QNX whitepaper and webinar programs, Andy writes a blog, True Gryc, "about the automotive market, the embedded industry, being an honorary Canadian, and any other stray neuron that happens to fire". He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and, as his blog blurb states, has recently moved to QNX headquarters in Canada.

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