The market for retrofitting classic vehicles with contemporary electric powertrains is growing, bringing with it a desire to also update vehicle human-machine-interface (HMI) systems. HMI developer Incari has been actively involved in integrating new technologies into older car models for a modern user experience, and has now partnered with the Strate School of Design Bangalore, India, and French firm Design 1880, which specializes in retrofitting EV powertrains, to collaborate on the integration of advanced HMI interfaces.
Incari’s experience already includes the updating of a fittingly named (D)eLorean, an electrified and thoroughly modernized DMC D-12, with Incari technology in partnership with venture capital firm Wunderkind Invest. The specially developed electric drive components of the iconic e-Lorean were combined with a suitably up-to-date HMI developed by Incari.
In a joint effort with Design 1880, the company has also worked on an electrified classic Fiat 500, equipping it with a digital display allowing for connection to a smartphone via a dedicated app. In the diminutive 500, a circular digital screen replaces the analog speedometer, which is connected to the smartphone and provides a variety of driving-related information such as vehicle battery SoC and range.