Implementing controls across models

Most manufacturers try to use the same controls in as many series as possible. There are financial reasons for this on the one hand, since obviously it’s cheaper to use an existing control in different models. Drivers as customers also benefit from this approach, since it means they don’t have to get used to each new model. But how are controls from one series implemented in the next?

The specialists from Da Vinci Engineering support OEMs with this problem. Among other things, they check whether the space in the new model is large enough for touchpads, light switches, door controls and so on to be reused.
To do this, they compare the data from the original series with that of the new one. Of course, they have to take many specifications into consideration. Do drivers in the new model see everything that they need to see? Can they use the touchpad optimally from their position?

The specialists from Da Vinci suggest to the OEM designers where and how they can adopt the controls. Naturally this takes the manufacturer’s wishes into account. Should the parts be screwed in or glued in? Where can screws ideally be used? The engineers develop their suggestions on their own licensed computer using appropriate design software.

Every centimetre counts

The designers from Da Vinci Engineering are also professionals when it comes to the space under the bonnet. Time and again, they have to find a few centimetres of unused space for hoots, toots and fanfares in the engine compartment. Where can components be moved, can the horn resonate there and radiate sound in all directions? Does the waste heat from the engine cause any interference? Do any new brackets have to be designed? The specialists find the right answer to all questions, since there’s no such word as can’t at Da Vinci Engineering.

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