The collaboration is being announced at The Paris Motor Show 2016 where Canatu is exhibiting alongside Faurecia at their Open Innovation Corner. By joining forces, Canatu and Faurecia aspire to enhance automotive interior systems by providing the industry with innovative automotive user interfaces and novel functional automotive interior parts with tactile functionality.
Canatu’s enabler material along with Faurecia’s modular systems provide automotive interior designers total design freedom to use free form shapes for tactile functions that are in strong demand for the center console and dashboard.
Canatu’s films and touch sensors are based on its enabler material CNB (Carbon NanoBud), which offer unique stretch properties. CNB products provide designers total design freedom by providing a clear path to the replacement of mechanical controls with 3D shaped touch sensors and seamless touch displays.
Faurecia is one of the world leaders in automotive interior systems including complete modules for car cockpits, instrument panels, door panels and center consoles. Faurecia works with all leading automotive manufacturers and is developing technologies for the cockpit of the future.
“Touch is a very natural and intuitive way of interacting and will become ubiquitous in the car interior. The design freedom now possible will without doubt thrill designers,” said Canatu CEO Juha Kokkonen.
Specifically designed for automobile center consoles and dashboards, consumer electronics, wearable devices and specific user interfaces, CNB In-Mold Films can be easily formed into shape. The film is first patterned to the required touch functionality, then formed, then back-molded by injection molding, resulting in a unique 3D shape with multitouch functionality. With a bending radius of 1mm, CNB In-Mold Films can bring touch to almost any surface imaginable.