Continental display first to feature '3D surface'
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2019 ACES Award Winner in Connectivity | User Experience
Continental has developed the first touchscreen to feature what it calls a 3D surface with a new operating concept that addresses user experience challenges with current touchscreens. It can be operated more instinctively for increased safety, with haptic finger guidance technology intended to allow drivers to operate the display without having to take their eyes off the road.
Drivers can use the touch-sensitive 3D elements on the sides of the display like sliders to set frequently used functions, such as audio volume or air temperature, without having to navigate away from a displayed menu. In the display’s center are virtual buttons allowing for blind operation of a range of applications, which change depending on the current menu. To prevent the driver from triggering any functions accidentally, touch force is measured before a command is executed.
In addition, haptic feedback tells drivers when they have reached the edge of a screen element, which allows them to distinguish between different virtual buttons without having to look at the screen. Haptic feedback is provided in the form of a short and highly precise mechanical pulse that is transferred to the display surface.
To optimize the contrast of the 3D Touch Surface Display, the company employs optically bonded, topographical elements that are up to 10 mm high, homogeneously tinted, and can be modified to fit any display size and shape. The 3D elements also allow brand-specific individualization of the plastic surface.
Click to view AVT’s 2019 ACES Award Winners best in class of