November 2, 2015

An Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Resume Noticed  

By Kenya Bulluck, Associate Director, Talent Management, Global Programs and Policies

At Visteon, we hire experienced professionals across the globe for all types of positions in engineering and other fields. Naturally, the qualifications and skills we seek vary considerably among regions and job categories, but some practices apply to our hiring processes for positions at any Visteon location.

In the application, interview and follow-up stages for every job opening, certain factors guide us in our selections. We’ll explore those areas in this series of blog posts to help you, as a candidate, ensure that you are at your best during interactions with Visteon.

The hiring process begins with your resume. If you follow these six tips, you’ll have a good chance of moving your resume toward consideration:

  • DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF – Using a template from Word or other boilerplate designs doesn’t add value. Your resume should be creative, but also succinct and easy to read. Place a summary at the top, and use a bulleted format. You have about 15 seconds to convince the recruiter to read further.
  • MAKE IT RELEVANTIn some locations, we use software to identify keywords in resumes based on the descriptions of jobs for which candidates are applying. For technology roles, those keywords might relate to specific software, platforms or systems experience critical to the position. I recommend candidates thoroughly review the job description, and align your interest and experience accordingly, since managers are looking for specific information and put considerable effort into matching the right people with open positions. Focus your time and effort applying for jobs for which you’re qualified.
  • KEEP YOUR PROFILE CURRENT – LinkedIn is the primary online resource we use to find people who may not directly apply but who may be ideal for an open position. We match profiles from LinkedIn with our job descriptions and frequently discover highly qualified candidates. Be sure your profile is current and includes newly acquired skills and new technologies that you’ve mastered. Be aware that no Visteon recruiter will ever ask you for personal information, such as your social security number or financial information, nor require you to purchase your own equipment for employment.
  • BE ACCURATE Our managers have immediately rejected candidates whose resumes contained spelling errors. If you can’t take the time to ensure your resume is accurate, chances are errors would show up in your work as well. Also, don’t inflate your experience. If you stretch the truth, it will become evident during the interview stage—or worse, after you’re hired. Instead, present some good examples of your experience; for technology roles, state when and where you have used particular technologies.
  • SHOW INTEREST – Visteon’s social media channels provide insight into what the company does and our corporate culture. It may help your chances if we are aware of you through posts or comments on Visteon’s social sites, but be thoughtful in your commentary. We pay special attention to those who follow a lot of Visteon employees and Visteon as a company. We want candidates who are interested in us.
  • TAKE INITIATIVEIf you’re truly interested in Visteon, join our Talent Network and sign up for alerts so you’ll be notified as soon as a position becomes available. We try to fill open jobs within 90 days; the sooner you apply, the more quickly you’re placed in the candidate pool. Above all, learn who we are and what we do before you begin the application process.

The most important thing you can do when applying is to be honest. This applies to your resume and the job interview.  You’re best served by representing yourself as exactly who you are, and we’ll do the same. We want our relationship with you to be a great long-term partnership.

As global strategic staffing associate director, Kenya Bulluck brings 18 years of human resources experience to lead recruiting at Visteon. During her career, Kenya has been on the forefront of utilizing new technology and platforms that have revolutionized the recruiting and hiring process for professionals, college graduates and interns.  Kenya received an MBA in Human Resources from Michigan State University and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society of Employers.

August 19, 2015

3-D Hits Your Dashboard

By Chris Round, Technical Sales Manager, Cockpit Electronics

Peek down the aisle of your favorite electronics store today and your eyes are likely to pop. Your HDTV that was a leading-edge entertainment center just a year or two ago already is tumbling over the edge of obsolescence.

Today the banner of innovation flies over 65-inch 4K Ultra HD smart TVs, with four times the pixel count of HD. Moreover, the same TV set also supports 3-D image – along with a Web browser, apps and a voice-activated remote. In the next aisle, you’re likely to discover new virtual-reality devices for mobile phones that immerse consumers in video environments.

Now, sit in your car and compare those with your vehicle displays. Even if your car uses colorful digital graphics, most displays show a flat, two-dimensional image.

Take heart. The auto industry is working hard to adopt the trends erupting in consumer electronics. Some automakers are designing displays to look more like consumer tablets, no longer embedding them in the instrument panel. For both driver information and infotainment, they are moving away from traditional layered menu systems to more of a flat consumer style interfaces with icons or tabs.

However, making the instrument cluster more interesting and customizable has been more challenging. The instrument cluster needs to convey information at a glance so designers have held onto 2-D and mechanical gauges to which drivers are accustomed. Yet, updated approaches soon will change even the venerable speedometer and fuel gauge.

A traditional cluster incorporates two large mechanical gauges with moving pointers, separated by a small to medium size display that renders 2-D images. However, many vehicle manufacturers are asking for enhanced graphical image quality with increased resolution. This is perceived to provide better quality, as users now expect the same image quality as high-end consumer devices.

With the advent of even more advanced driver assistance systems, automotive manufacturers need to provide more information to the driver, which necessitates larger displays. This has resulted in the adoption of fully reconfigurable instrument clusters where traditional mechanical gauges, small displays and warning telltales are replaced by one larger TFT display – typically 12.3 inches. Some carmakers have started presenting the graphics using 3-D rendering, however most have tried to replicate a traditional mechanical gauge look and feel. The challenge with 3-D rendering is that that objects assume more of a 3-D appearance when they are moving around the screen, because the shadows, reflection and lighting on the object is changing; the eye is tricked into thinking it is a solid object. Traditional gauges and most instrument cluster images are stationary, so it is difficult to make those objects look truly three-dimensional in a 2-D display.

3-D displays have been available for some time and have been used in the consumer industry, but have not been adopted in the automotive industry due to a number of constraints with the technology such as eye strain, limited or restricted angle viewing and potential nausea. Some even require glasses which would be unacceptable for an automotive application.

A new multi-layer display technology has been developed that allows stationary objects to appear three dimensional and solid. This multi-layer cluster uses the same thin-film-transistor (TFT) screen technology used in TVs, smartphones and cars but has two panels—with one screen placed in front of the other. A proprietary graphics rendering plug-in partitions shading and color between the two layers to make the objects appear solid and three-dimensional. The dial of the gauge may be on the background TFT, while the pointer and rim are depicted on the front screen, producing the 3-D effect. The current resolution of this multi-layer cluster is 1280 x 480 per screen, and within two years it will likely increase to 1920 x 720.

This technology not only provides solid 3-D looking objects, but has the benefit of being totally reconfigurable so the graphics and layout can be completely changed at the touch of a button. The cluster can be customized by the automaker for different vehicle models and brands, and potentially by the driver to match his or her preferences.

This 3-D cluster is only the beginning of automotive three-dimensional graphics design. As autonomous vehicles begin cruising the highways in future years, the cluster will likely become more immersive – showing buildings, landscapes and obstacles surrounding the vehicle. When steering wheels are not needed, the cluster screen can display 3-D movies, games or video calls.

When you drive away from the electronics store, be kind to your old-school in-vehicle electronics; it’s on its way out, too.

Chris Round is a technical sales manager at Visteon. He has 26 years of experience in the automotive electronics field and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. He is responsible for developing instrument cluster and HUD design proposals for Visteon’s customers as well as presenting new product technology. Chris is an active member of the SAE and enjoys motorsports as well as mountain and road biking.

July 28, 2015

Automaker-Specific Apps Can Co-Exist With Those of Tech Giants
Integrated app that perfectly positions car in garage is just one example

By Brian Brackenbury
Senior Manager, Infotainment & Connectivity

There was a time – albeit brief – when businesses and consumers thought the Internet was just a fad. The same attitude existed regarding social media in its early days. When the iPad was introduced, many people just scratched their heads over why they needed one. Today, no one doubts the importance and potential impact of the latest tech revolution – IoT (Internet of Things). For the first time, developers and consumers are tying together not just virtual worlds but also real, physical things – allowing these objects to communicate and interact with each other.

The Internet of Things is making new connections inside cars and trucks – which is where Visteon innovations surrounding smartphone apps can be found. Today’s infotainment systems can replicate your smartphone’s content onto displays inside your vehicle. What they have not been able to do is combine information from your phone with data from your vehicle to make driving smarter and to provide real-time feedback based on where and how the car is operating. Now that’s all changing.

Visteon’s latest innovation allows automakers to offer their own specific apps that take advantage of vehicle data. Utilizing a new cloud-based app framework, jointly developed with OpenCar, Smartphone app developers can easily migrate their existing apps into OEM-specific vehicles, and take advantage of the wealth of data available to the typical connected infotainment system.

To illustrate the added capability that this type of connection can offer, Visteon worked with Chamberlain to integrate and enhance its MyQ™ smartphone app into a production Infotainment system. MyQ™ currently allows drivers who are away from their homes to determine if the garage door was left open and, if so, to close it remotely. Visteon has developed an app that can combine data from the garage door and vehicle, as well as OEM-specific graphics and HMI, resulting in the vehicle-integrated MyQ™ Garage app.

The MyQ™ Garage app has vehicle-unique features, such as Park Assist.  This feature allows a driver to perfectly position a car in the garage, forgoing the old fashioned tennis ball strung from the rafters. As the car enters the garage, the front tires cross the opener’s floor-level safety beam. Vehicle wheel sensors count the revolutions and relay data to the app showing a real-time graphic on the central display, simulating the car’s position and where to stop. As the system is used, it learns the preferred parking location.

Another example of this technology’s usefulness involves geo-fencing. Within an owner’s Web portal, a driver creates a virtual fence around his or her home. As the vehicle passes this virtual fence, the vehicle navigation system is triggered to check if the garage door is open. If it is, a message is automatically shown on the car’s display, asking if the driver wants to close the door.

Such detailed real-time feedback is not possible with standard smartphone apps, or their in-vehicle screen replication counterparts, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink. While these are all proven ecosystems, that are an everyday convenience for most smartphone users—they do not offer the consumer the complete set of capabilities.

Visteon is committed to giving automakers and consumers the content and features they desire in their vehicles. OEM-specific app stores can co-exist with the current Tech Giants, providing connected apps that inject the hidden intelligence within the vehicle into apps for a new level of smart driving.

Demonstration of the Connected Services: Application Ecosystem

Brian Brackenbury is a senior manager in the Technology Office, leading new business pursuits for infotainment, connectivity and telematics. Prior to his current role, Brian led the global engineering activity to launch the MazdaConnect infotainment system, as well as leading core platform development for the connectivity domain. He received his BSEE from Michigan State University and his MSEE degree from the University of Michigan.