The 2021 Cadillac Escalade introduces a brand-new generation for the luxury SUV icon, bringing with it a revised engine lineup, new underpinnings, fresh styling, and loads of cutting-edge tech. One of the highlight features inside the cabin of the new Escalade is its enormous infotainment screen, which was developed using the Kanzi software suite from Rightware.
The redesigned dash in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is dominated by the new organic LED (OLED) curved display, which arrives as an industry first on the next-generation SUV. The screen comes stretches an impressive 38 inches across the dash, and includes an infotainment readout, driver’s control panel, and instrument cluster. The screen is curved towards the driver, and provides high-resolution graphics and broad color range.
Rightware, a Finnish software development company that specializes in interface software for automotive applications, worked with LG Electronics to develop the design and implementation for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade instrument cluster, control panel, infotainment screen, and head-up display.
“We were honored to work with LG Electronics to develop cutting-edge 3D graphics for this luxury SUV,” said Rightware CEO Ville Ilves. “The advanced HMI enhances the in-vehicle experience, and the new Escalade is the epitome of how an automaker and its suppliers can collaborate to achieve the ultimate digital user experience.”
In addition to providing driver information, augmented reality, and various infotainment features, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade also provides graphical controls for the seats, which get 18-way power adjustments, heating and ventilation, and massage functionality. The seat application was created using Rightware’s Kanzi software family, which enabled a quick development process.
“Working with Kanzi allowed us to deliver an innovative user experience with fast time-to-market,” said the VP of Smart Product Development Engineering & Product Planning Division at LG Electronics, WonYong Hwang. “A great example is the 3D seat visualization which took less than two months from the start of development to finalization.”