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Carbon nanomaterial developer Canatu (Vantaa, Finland) has started mass-production of a new, transparent 3D formable touch sensor. Canatu’s touch sensors are fitted into a centre stack made by Methode Electronics, Inc, a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions. The new centre stack solution is integrated in an iconic luxury SUV unveiled in September 2022.


As leading automotive markets start to mandate driver-monitoring systems (DMS), STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is already equipping carmakers with the required technologies. While DMS promises greater road safety by assessing driver alertness, the next-generation dual image sensor ST announced recently monitors the full vehicle interior covering both the driver and all passengers. New applications enabled by ST’s new image sensor include passenger safety-belt checks, vital-sign monitoring, child-left detection, gesture recognition, and high-quality video/picture recording.


In a recent publication in the scientific journal “Advanced Materials”, a team of physicists and chemists from TU Dresden presents an organic thin-film sensor that describes a completely new way of identifying the wavelength of light and achieves a spectral resolution below one nanometre. As integrated components, the thin-film sensors could eliminate the need for external spectrometers in the future. A patent application has already been filed for the novel technology.

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