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Technologies Enabling the Cockpit of the Future - Technical Insight

  • June 2014
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 49 pages

Summary

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User-friendly UI and Seamless Connectivity driving Next-Gen Cockpit

Current-generation cockpits are not completely equipped to handle the growing complexity of the operating environment and increasing amount of data volume. Advanced technologies are required to improve the safety and efficiency of any new avionics, as well as to introduce new functionalities and capabilities in the cockpit system. This research service offers insights on how different technologies may evolve to design the cockpit of the future. It also offers an in-depth perspective on the road ahead, capability and maturity of the technologies enabling the future cockpit. It also provides a road map where it is portrayed how different technologies are evolving and converging to enable advanced capabilities of the cockpit system.

Research Scope
Current-generation cockpits are not completely equipped to handle the growing complexity of the operating environment and increasing amount of data volumes. Advanced technologies are required to improve the safety and efficiency of avionics applications, as well as to introduce new functionalities and capabilities in the cockpit system.
This research service offers insights on how different technologies may evolve to design the cockpits of the future. It also offers an in-depth perspective on the capabilities and level of maturity of the technologies enabling the future cockpits , and portrays the convergence scenario, where different technologies are converging to enable advanced and futuristic capabilities for cockpit systems.

This report provides the following:
-An overview of the topic and the need for future cockpits, challenges and benefits of the future cockpit systems as well as the cockpit system value chain.
-A perspective on key R&D focus areas; Funding initiatives and key initiatives of the standardization bodies in the technology space related to aircraft cockpits
-A snapshot of key stakeholder activities with key innovations and emerging applications
-A detailed perspective of the enabling technologies that would be instrumental in designing the future cockpit
-An analysis of the role of technology convergence in the development of future cockpit systems

Key Findings
Synthetic Vision System (SVS) is going to be an integral part of the Next Generation Air Transportation Systems. Supplemented by enhanced vision system (EVS), the combined system would result in better visibility, leading to greater situational awareness for the pilots. The breadth of SVS products available in the marketplace suggests that the market participants have identified that SVS not only increases the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations, but also minimizes operational errors and pilot workload.

One of the key efforts amongst the aviation industry participants is to make the cockpit smaller and user friendly. For example, touchscreen-based displays are attracting huge interest in the aviation marketplace as the touchscreen capability enables simple human-machine interfaces, allows simpler presentation of system procedures as well as flexible configurations of the cockpit system.

Enhancing communication technology is observed to be one of the key areas of focus. Seamless communication with continuous data streaming from the cockpit could bring in enhanced safety in transport and could also open up opportunities for new technology implementation such as cloud computing and big data analytics for advanced cockpit applications.

Cloud computing could prove to be a major facilitators for cockpit application management in the future. Scalable data storage in the cloud could help in the development of emerging applications like predictive weather forecasting, aircraft equipment monitoring and many more.

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