Today’s surfaces of current screens essentially means that occupants are seeing images on only a two-dimensional plane. Revealed at Shanghai Auto 2015 Faurecia is introducing the first human-machine interface that integrates the fusion of a decorative layer with a display.
Deco Display merges plastics and electronics into smart “plastronics” components that are incorporated into what Faurecia calls “the first inch” of the HMI surface.
The combination of advanced electronics and plastic will move the touch surface from the glass screen to the overlying decoration, allowing for a multi-dimensional shape with images and icons on the top of the overlay surface.
The curved thermoplastic overlay of Deco Display can be painted or covered with a decorative anti-glare or anti-reflection film to significantly improve the optical performance of the screen while making the display more decorative.
Touch control will likely be the next step for Deco Display. While automakers currently favor switches and buttons for controls, tactile control will extend HMI technology to a completely switchless center stack that relies on touch and haptic feedback that operate different functions within the vehicle.
Deco Display with touch control will be available by 2020, for any type of vehicle, from entry level to midmarket to premium class.
With Deco Display, Faurecia offers a new way of interacting with vehicles through seamless 3D fusion of decorative parts with displays and controls, especially when the screen is off.
The technology also provides designers with greater freedom to bend the display’s shape while optimizing optical performance, by incorporating switchless, buttonless interaction with control functions on the center stack, console and instrument panel.