3x Award-winning 3D touch display

Canatu’s materials have enabled the creation of Continental’s award-winning 3D touch surface display. The 3D touch display operating concept has won three awards in a row:

  • In January, the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree in the “In-Vehicle Audio/Video” category, in Las Vegas.
  • In May, the 2018 Display Component of the Year Award from the Society for Information Display (SID) in Display Week, in Los Angeles.
  • In June, German Innovation Award 2018 in Berlin.
Continental 3D touch display

Canatu and Continental have been working for this completely new type of transparent, 3D touch surfaces in automotive interiors, resulting the world’s first touchscreen featuring a 3D touch surface on display. This HMI innovation is enabled by stretchable Canatu® CNB™ films and sensors.

It can be operated instinctively, enhancing the user experience. Blind operations, i.e. users do not have to take their eyes off the road, increase safety for all road users.

The innovative technology and the stretchability of the materials, offer also design freedom and individualization in the automotive cockpit design.

Haptic feedback and high contrast for reliable operation

CONTINENTAL 3D form enable tactile sensing

Drivers can use the touch-sensitive 3D elements on the sides of the display without having to navigate away from the displayed menu. Frequently used functions, like volume or temperature, are adjusted with sliders on the side. Virtual buttons in the center of the display change depending on the current menu.

Haptic feedback is provided in the form of a short and highly precise mechanical pulse that is transferred to the display surface; any mechanized movement of the display is completely invisible to the naked eye.

Continental’s haptic technology also means that the display can provide haptic feedback when touched, allowing drivers to operate the display instinctively without having to take their eyes off the road.

To optimize the contrast of the 3D Touch Surface Display, Continental has employed optically bonded, topographical elements that are up to ten millimeters high, homogeneously tinted and can be modified to fit any display size and shape.

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