Geely Bo Yue, featuring GKUI platform
Image: Geely Auto

Visteon is to supply its SmartCore cockpit domain controller platform to Geely Auto for upcoming electric vehicles from the Geely and Lynk&Co brands. This platform will be integrated with Geely’s own GKUI ‘intelligent ecosystem’, which delivers cloud-based infotainment, as well as with instrument and head-up display features.

SmartCore coordinates instrument cluster, infotainment and other technologies on a single system-on-chip (SOC), said to be a cost-effective and space-saving solution. Visteon describes it as promising “a single seamless human machine interface, offering access to multiple levels of information.” The platform is scalable, takes over-the-air updates, and will support autonomous driving developments.

Geely Auto’s GKUI made its debut last month in the 2018 Bo Yue SUV [pictured] and the company says it “aims to create the most open application ecosystem in the industry… the platform will put the internet into the car, changing the car into a comfortable and smart mobility solution, and creating a third living space for users.” It currently supports applications including Alibaba’s AutoNavi navigation, iFlytek voice recognition, the Tencent social network, ZTE 4G/5G connectivity, JD Smart Home, Guahao WeDoctor and more, with a familiar smartphone-style interface.

Over 90% (over 400,000 in number) of Bo Yue buyers so far are said to have opted for smart connectivity features, and of those, most are frequent users of high-speed data – averaging 960MB per month, showing the importance of connected services to Chinese consumers.

-Farah Alkhalisi