CNB™ 3D touch surfaces

For automotive industry

Origo Steering Wheel

Smart controls for improved safety, UX and design

The new Origo Steering Wheel improves safety by reducing driver distraction with intuitive HMI touch controls that are seamlessly integrated into the steering wheel.

Canatu CNB™ Touch Sensors replace multiple mechanical controls from different cockpit locations enabling sleek and unobtrusive design. Driver can control frequently used UI functions directly from the steering wheel with a safe, hands-on-the-wheel driving position. Touch controls are operated with thumbs, providing natural, smartphone-like interaction with the car UI.

Touch sensors are based on Canatu’s Carbon NanoBud film that can be formed and molded into any 3D shape. The new concept steering wheel is ideal for assisted and semi-autonomous vehicles, and has been co-created by Canatu, Rightware, TaktoTec and Siili-Auto.

3D Touch surface on a display

World’s first touchscreen with 3D touch surface 

Canatu and Continental have co-created the world’s first 3-dimensional touch screen. This award-winning HMI innovation is enabled by transparent and stretchable Canatu® CNB™ films and sensors.

Driver can adjust frequently used UI functions with touch-sensitive 3D sliders, placed on the sides of the display, without having to navigate away from the displayed menu ensuring minimal distractions while driving. Virtual buttons in the center of the display change depending on the menu that is being operated.

The new 3D touch display can be operated instinctively, enhancing user experience and safety. The innovation has won several awards, such as CES 2018 Innovation AwardsSID Display Component of the Year 2018 and German Innovation Award 2018.

Continental 3D touch surface display

3D Touch on a door panel

Design freedom with 3D touch surfaces

Canatu, Faurecia and Daimler have co-created a seamless door décor panel with thermoformed and transparent touch sensor to operate power window and seat functions. Sensor integrates LED ambient lighting that remains black until lid. The solution features a number of functions such as menu options, seat functions: heat, massage, vent, power window lifting and intuitive finger locators as all-in-one 3D touch sensor.

Daimler concept door Canatu and Faurecia

3D Center stack

Enhanced HMI with Intuitive UX 

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

3D LED Center Information Panel

Tactile 3D touch controls for safety and aesthetics

3D shaped LED Center Information panel with touch surface fits for sleek interiors. Touch surface integrates LED lighting that is discreetly black until lit. When functions are needed, driver can easily find them without looking with tactile, 3D shapes and UI. Intuitive touch controls improve safety and reduce driver distractions minimizing need to look at the controls while operating the UI.

The new Center Information Panel demonstrates the extreme stretchability of the Canatu CNB™ films and sensors, that themselves are fully transparent. 3D touch surface features buttons, grooved sliders, convex shaped control buttons and a transparent dome-shape multi-touch area with LED matrix display. The new Center Information Panel has been co-created by 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™ 3D Heaters

Safe driving in any weather

Canatu’s CNB™ heaters keep ADAS sensors and LED lights clear for autonomous driving in any weather. CNB™ Heaters can be integrated into any 3D surface to prevent ice and snow build ups with efficient and even heat distribution. CNB™ heaters are also used in windshields, HUDs and other interactive windows found in tomorrow’s cars.

Connected cars

Our partners

Canatu collaborates with multiple partners to continuously pioneer new innovations that support the trend towards autonomous driving and electric vehicles. Our partner ecosystem includes global automotive technology companies, touch controller companies, touch sensor and module partners, as well as display, material and scientific partners.


Canatu Cockpit

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