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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, FlexEnable Collaborate on Plastic LCDs

January 19, 2017

Provides conformable plastic LCDs for Yanfeng Automotive Interiors’ XiM17 autonomous vehicle interior concept.

FlexEnable is collaborating with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), a global leader in automotive interiors, 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.
 
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.
 
“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,” Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable, said.

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