Automotive Interiors

3D touch surfaces

Intuitive user experience

Safety while driving from 3D shaped touch surfaces

Canatu and Continental have been working for 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 award-winning HMI innovation is enabled by stretchable Canatu® CNB™ films and sensors.

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.

The innovative 3D touch surface display can be operated instinctively, enhancing the user experience and increasing safety.

The innovation has won several awards, such as CES 2018 Innovation AwardsSID Display Component of the Year 2018 and German Innovation Award 2018.

Press release about Canatu & Continental cooperation

2nd video: Minimal driver distraction

Continental 3D touch surface display

Design Freedom

Door panel with touch

The concept door panel created in cooperation with Canatu, Faurecia and Daimler, has a transparent, thermoformed touch sensor integrated to display for power window and seat function operations on a seamless décor panel, which remains black until needed.

The solution features number of functions such as transparent touch sensor with integrated LED ambient lighting, menu options for multi-purpose seat function controls, like heat, massage, vent – all-in-one 3D touch sensor – power window lifting with intuitive finger locators with 2mm radius and ca. 150% stretch.

Daimler concept door Canatu and Faurecia

Enhanced HMI with Intuitive UX

Differentiate your interiors

Canatu and Faurecia are working on a 3D Center stack combining display and controls that are tactile and aesthetic. Canatu’s touch sensors have been formed to 3D shape and display has been integrated to the decorative surface offering high perceived quality. Compared to other materials, Canatu’s 3D sensors offer high optical quality, mechanical flexibility and robustness and possibility to achieve complex Deco-display with 3D shapes.

Canatu & Faurecia 3D center stack

Aesthetic interiors

Tactile 3D center panel

3D shaped LED center panel with touch surface, fits to sleek automotive interiors.

The surface is discretely black until lit. When the functions are needed, the driver finds them easily blindly with the help of intuitive 3D shapes and user interface. It decreases the driver distraction due to minimal need to look at the controls to find them, ensuring increased safety during the driving.  The 3D touch surface for automotive interiors includes buttons, grooved sliders, convex shaped control buttons as well as a transparent dome shape multitouch area with LED matrix display.

The center panel demonstrates the extreme stretchability of Canatu CNB™ films and sensors. The CNB film and touch sensor themselves are fully transparent. The demonstrator has been done as a joint project between Canatu, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and NISSHA Corporation.

Canatu Cockpit

Automotive Brand Contest winner 2018

Canatu Cockpit provides design freedom for an intuitive user experience with 3D-shaped touch surfaces in automotive interiors and unlimited possibilities for smart touch surfaces in the future’s cockpits. It integrates functions and controls discreetly to the interiors for a sleek and unobtrusive in-car experience. It combines transparent 3D touch sensors to displays, plastic, glass, leather or textile. An intuitive 3D user interface enable decreased driver distraction and increased safety while driving.

Click the picture to test out our Interactive Car Cockpit.


CNB™ Heaters

Safety and functionality in any weather

Canatu’s unique, transparent CNB™ films enable 3D shaped heaters. The CNB films can be integrated to sensors supporting autonomous driving and enabling driver assistants, like cameras, lidars, LED lights and mirrors, later also to windshields, HUDs and other interactive windows of future’s cars.

Read more about CNB™ Heaters.

Connected cars
Canatu heater demonstrator ice

Cooperation companies and partners

Canatu cooperates with automotive technology companies in designing new kinds of innovations to support the transition in the automotive industry towards electric vehicles and autonomous driving.

Canatu wants to guarantee a smooth transition of customers’ product from idea to development and finally to manufacturing. Efficient integration of CNB™ Film requires careful coordination between touch sensor and module vendors, display makers, and touch controller companies.

See our cooperation companies and partners

Canatu Cockpit