End-to-end automotive HMI toolchain from Rightware goes live

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Software developer Rightware has officially released Kanzi One, concluding what the company says was a highly successful and oversubscribed beta program that commenced in September. As the first automotive HMI toolchain to be fully compatible with Android, Kanzi One is stated to deliver industry-leading 3D graphics and a new UI workflow, empowering auto makers to create compelling new user experiences with visual excellence and maximum productivity.

“As announced at IAA in Munich, Kanzi One is a game-changer for creativity and productivity by auto makers,” said Rightware CEO Freddie Geier. “We are grateful for the positive feedback from customers and partners since our product launch, and we eagerly await the new Signature UIs they create with Kanzi One.”

Rightware says its goal with the toolchain is to inspire OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers with impressive rendering capabilities and a powerful 3D graphics engine, the deepest Android integration for next-generation infotainment systems, and a straightforward workflow that unleashes HMI possibilities. In addition to the core Kanzi framework consisting of Kanzi Studio and Kanzi Engine, Kanzi One includes a number of feature packs.

Initially, five feature packs are included: Kanzi Connect, for sharing data, content and services across screens and devices; Kanzi Maps for the development of navigation with creative visualization; Kanzi Particles to enable visual effects and animations; Kanzi Autostereoscopy for realistic depth effects; and the new Kanzi VR, which is used to validate designs in an early phase by placing live UIs inside a virtual car interior and interacting with the screens with or without a virtual reality headset.

“We are certain that Kanzi One will transform the in-car user interfaces of today into tomorrow’s Signature UIs—highly appealing, easy-to-use, and true to their brand,” concluded Geier. “We invite all friends and observers of innovation in the automotive industry to explore the possibilities of Kanzi One, and count on us to drive HMI development to the next level.”

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