Demo car sports FlexEnable’s conformable OLCDs

June 25, 2019 //By Julien Happich
FlexEnable
A developer of plastic electronics for flexible displays and sensors, FlexEnable has collaborated with specialty polymers provider Novares on the integration of curved, glass-free organic LCDs (OLCDs) into the company’s Nova Car #2 demo platform.

The Nova Car #2 highlights three example applications of surface-integrated displays in next generation vehicle interiors. The centre unit is an S-shaped, touch system consisting of twin 12.1” OLCDs. This is combined with left and right side 4.68” OLCD concave side-mirror replacement displays and a 4.68” OLCD passenger HMI touch screen integrated with the rear door panel.

FlexEnable’s OLCD technology is bringing large area, low cost flexible displays to automotive interiors, changing where and how surface-integrated displays are used in vehicles. Flat screens can now be replaced with conformable and shapeable OLCDs that seamlessly integrate with the contours of the latest automotive interior designs and architectures.

OLCD can also meet the demanding automotive brightness and reliability standards by deploying already qualified materials and processes used in the production of glass LCDs. The ultra-thin, lightweight and shatterproof OLCDs can be applied to curved surfaces in cars where glass-based displays won’t work.

“The Nova Car 2 incorporates 25 of our latest innovations for the car of the future. Through our partnership with FlexEnable, we are able to offer our customers 3D curved displays to fit the interior design of any car. FlexEnable is the first of the start-up companies in which we have invested, in 2018, via our investment vehicle, Novares Venture Capital. Curved, glass-free OLCD is an exciting breakthrough technology that we are pleased to be able to support and promote”, commented Pierre Boulet, CEO of Novares.

In May 2018 Novares made an equity investment in FlexEnable totalling 5 million euros. It supports FlexEnable’s engineering and manufacturing efforts to bring flexible OLCD to automotive interiors. OLCD is expected to be in production in early 2020 with target markets including automotive, consumer electronics, smart home appliances and digital signage.

Novares - www.novaresteam.com

FlexEnable – www.flexenable.com

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