JCI's hidden influence on top Auto Show vehicles

9:51 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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DETROIT (WZZM) - HMI means a lot to JCI. HMI is the acronym the Holland auto supplier uses for Human Machine Interaction. It's a rich area for research and development as drivers want to use their mobile devices while driving-- in a safe way.

The goal is to reduce driver distraction "and provide information in a more appropriate way for driving," says Rodger Eich, a Johnson Controls, Inc. engineer.

JCI has been an auto show sponsor for 19 years. Its display area is off the beaten path at Cobo Hall and may be of greatest interest to employees and potential customers.

Its specialty is enhancing automotive interiors, from seats to signals and synching electronics. JCI this week unveiled its new interior offering it calls 'Bespoke.' In a press release, the company says it showcases JCI's "vision for integrating electronics, interiors and seating into a premium vehicle."

JCI also designs instrument clusters. Its work is featured in some of the stars of the North American International Auto Show: The new Corvette Stingray and the Lincoln MKC concept vehicle.

Phil VanderWall of JCI told WZZM 13's Peter Ross, "We help them with creating it in our studio the way they want it-- we can implement it with our software and graphics."

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