FlexEnable partners with Flex in the field of automotive applications

Flexible display in the A-pillar for enhanced view of the side and rear of the vehicle (FlexEnable)

FlexEnable, a leading innovator in the fields of flexible sensors, smart systems and video-rate displays with headquarters in Cambridge, UK, has recently unveiled the first conformed LCD in an integrated automotive application at the automobile trade show IAA 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The demonstration shows how LCD, the world’s most established and proven display technology, can be applied to glass-free, ergonomically shaped displays in cars without incurring the cost and stability issues of flexible OLED.

The FlexEnable demonstration is part of a display integrating several new automotive technologies, coordinated by its partner, Flextronics International (Flex), a leading sketch-to-scale solutions company that designs intelligent products and is based in Singapore. As partner of Flex’s collective innovation platform (CIP), FlexEnable cooperated in the designing of a flexible display that is incorporated into the A-pillar and paired with a camera attached to the wing mirror. This innovation will offer drivers an enhanced view of the side and rear of the vehicle, eliminating blind spots and increasing road safety.

The ability to activate the surface of the A-pillars is enabled by the unique flexible transistor technology created by FlexEnable, combined with Flex’s expertise in connecting and integrating breakthrough technologies. FlexEnable’s lightweight display adds minimal incremental thickness and weight to the frame, minimising visibility impedance, while its conformal nature provides comprehensive coverage of the A-pillar. The technology provided by Flex gives the display and the camera the ability to interact with the environment, allowing the driver to respond in real-time.

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