Automotive manufacturers are developing new uses for flexible electronics, including sensors, in-mold electronics, displays and lighting.
Dave Savastano, Editor03.07.19
Flexible, printed and hybrid electronics are making major inroads in numerous markets, and the automotive segment is one of the most promising. Whether it is sensors, OLED displays and lighting, in-mold electronics, printed heaters or other applications, there are plenty of opportunities ahead for flexible electronics.
During LOPEC 2018, Ashutosh Tomar, principal engineer (research) with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Research and Technology, talked about potential uses for printed electronics, including interiors, exteriors and energy harvesting.
“There is massive competition,” Tomar said. “We have to do something radical as we look forward in the future. The good news is there is printed electronics and four key areas where it can make an impact: A-surface features where customers interact; sensors; energy harvesting and storage; and ECUs (engine control units) and EDS (electrical distribution systems).
“With A-surfaces, the design and the electronics have t
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