The 3D Touch Surface Display Is Coming Soon To A Car Near You

Finnish company Canatu has just won the “Concept cars” category in the Automotive Brand Contest 2018 with a revolutionary 3D Touch Surface display for car interiors.

You’ll be excused for not being familiar with Canatu, but chances are you will hear about them in the future. That’s because the project that got them the “Concept cars” award is truly groundbreaking.

Part of a bigger vision called 3D Touch Cockpit, it’s the world’s first display with a 3D touch surface that combines a unique visual appearance with a new operating concept enabled by stretchable Canatu CNB films and sensors.

Co-developed with Continental AG, the 3D Touch Surface display features active haptic feedback and force sensing, as well as topographical elements that guide the fingers. Therefore, the display enables blind operability and ensures greater safety by minimizing driver distraction. The user experience is said to benefit as well compared to conventional displays.

Canatu also claims its technology offers new degrees of design freedom, enabling carmakers to place such displays pretty much anywhere inside the car. For example, the passenger-side dashboard panel can become a dormant 3D smart surface that reveals itself only when needed.

The 3D Touch Cockpit concept interior combines transparent 3D touch sensors that can be placed under displays, plastic, glass, leather or textile surfaces.

Canatu says it can create lightweight 3D touch controls for window, mirror and seat adjustments, 3D buttons and switches for the steering wheel, tactile 3D controls on display areas for minimal distraction, as well as displays that remain hidden until needed.

Check out the videos to see how all these technologies, which are bound to find their way into future cars, work.

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  • salamOOn

    hooray! another black glossy fingerprint and dust magnets!

  • Ryan50

    Or just take away the electronics and there’ll be even less distraction.

  • Mark Ramsey

    Aren’t people “over” this crap yet? Do we all still get tingly when we drag our finger across a screen?

  • Ronald Roman

    No, it’s not. Thanks God!

  • botornot387

    This is super cool tech!!

  • enthusia

    i mean, conceptually its nice, but this is the answer to a question nobody was asking.
    call me old fashioned but buttons just seem to work better. 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • baofe

    So it’s just a touch sensitive display bent in a certain way. ok so?

  • Perry F. Bruns

    I see better applications for this outside vehicles. Or at least not for drivers.

  • Marty

    This is actually a step in the right direction, away from the flat touch screens, toward physical buttons with variable functions depending on context.

  • ThatGuy

    The tech looks very good.
    My reservation is that it looks like those mouse pad with the plastic and water.
    So based on that will brake, be expensive and people will move on so fast they dont remember it.

  • Jason Panamera

    Oh, an S class doors.

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