30 January, 2017 - 12:30 By Kate Sweeney

FlexEnable LCDs in Yanfeng’s autonomous vehicle concept

FlexEnable, the Cambridge specialist in the development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics, is collaborating with a world leading automotive interiors innovator on an exciting new concept.

The UK business is working with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) to create an Invisible A-pillar concept for an autonomous demonstrator. 

FlexEnable provided a 12.1” glass-free, conformable organic liquid crystal display (OLCD) that has been incorporated into a car’s A-pillar to allow for greater visibility and safety. 

The demonstrator was included in YFAI’s XiM17 autonomous concept interior that made its world debut at the 2017 North American Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

With a radius of curvature that can go below 3cm, FlexEnable’s ultra-thin and lightweight OLCDs can be applied to curved surfaces in cars where glass-based displays won’t work.

The ability of the display to run vivid colour and smooth video content is enabled by high-performance organic transistors on plastic substrates. By combining the proven LCD technology with a high-performance organic backplane, FlexEnable can achieve the brightness and reliability required in demanding automotive applications. 

The technology is compatible with existing LCD production lines, and is scalable to large area displays. Due to the use of low-cost plastics and the low-temperature manufacturing process, FlexEnable’s technology is the lowest cost flexible display technology available.

Chuck Milligan (pictured), CEO of FlexEnable, said: “We are delighted to be working with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors on this innovative A-pillar concept. There is an emerging trend in automotive for more displays and enhanced HMI, which will impact car interior design.

“Plastic LCDs are an excellent option for OEMs and car brands as they can conform naturally to the curved surfaces of the car to enhance visibility and safety. 

“FlexEnable’s technology removes the constraints of glass, while providing the same display quality and reliability customers have come to expect from LCD displays.”

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