Opel Astra Sports Tourer showcases expansive digital display panel

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The newly revealed Opel Astra Sports Tourer’s cockpit features a pair of 10in displays integrated together – also incorporating the driver’s side air vent – to create a single display panel.

“The fully glazed cockpit surface characterizes what I call ‘glass to edge’, where the glass extends to the edges of the Pure Panel,” said the Opel VP of design, Mark Adams. “This creates an exceptionally modern and progressive cockpit look.” Thanks to a shutter-like layer that prevents upward reflections in the windshield, the design dispenses with a hood over the displays and the touchscreens found in most other vehicles.

Opel states that its designers and engineers have taken great care to ensure that the driver receives all the necessary information and useful operating options but is not burdened with superfluous data or functions. With the physical controls reduced to the minimum in the form of a few important keys, the panel is claimed to achieve that elusive balance between digitalization and intuitive operation.

Thanks to the use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Cockpit Platform, the digital cockpit should be able to deliver intuitive AI experiences, supporting driver and passenger personalization, in-car virtual assistance, natural voice control, language understanding and adaptive human-machine interfaces.

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