Innovative Solutions for Digital Automotive Cockpits & Displays

In this article, we explore how automotive cockpits are merging with the digital industry and discuss the relevant trends, challenges and solutions.

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Recent Trends in Automotive Cockpits

Automotive cockpits are undergoing a big transformation towards the digital as manufacturers dive deeper into Industry 4.0.

The annual global digital automotive cockpits market was estimated at a value of £15 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.8%. This growth is accounted for by increased demand and adoption of in-vehicle telematics, infotainment systems, safety and pollution sensors and navigation systems. This sector is projected to grow further due to the ever-growing demand for comfort, utilities and convenience in vehicles.

Recent trends in the digital automotive cockpits sector involve the adoption of features such as:

  • Cloud-based services and apps
  • Freeform displays
  • Augmented reality
  • 3D digital display
  • Voice-activated services
  • Ecosystem & gaming

Challenges in Building Digital Automotive Cockpits

The integration of electronic systems into automotive cockpits provides certain challenges that manufacturers have to deal with. These challenges include:

  • Full integration of complex digital systems into easy-to-use panels
  • Implementing all of the consumer needs into the cockpit
  • Enabling end-to-end systems
  • Matching the user experience design to the desired brand image
  • Complying with automotive usability standards

Solutions for Digital Automotive Cockpits

The challenges posed in the previous chapter can be addressed by looking at the vehicle cockpit in a holistic way and choosing innovative solutions that are suitable to new technology. Manufacturers can enable innovation in vehicle cockpits by investing in thin displays, advanced lighting solutions and integrated speakers and microphones; helping them to achieve premium vehicle interiors for continuously demanding consumers.

Through optimising these systems, manufacturers can ensure a modern, simple, intuitive, and user-friendly user interface that is fully integrated into the cockpit and allows a comfortable, entertaining, and connected driving experience.

Thin Displays

In order to maximise comfort, aesthetics and function, manufacturers must choose displays that are thin, smooth, low reflective (can go fully black), impact-safe, and of high-yield optical lamination. By utilising quality adhesives and sealants, manufacturers can ensure optimised thermal behaviour, frameless designs allowing maximal display surface and complex 3D display designs.

As design advances, so must the quality of the hardware used to operate the displays. Properly encapsulating and protecting internal electronic components allows for added protection and reliability of high demand components. Utilising high-performance encapsulants protects internal components from harsh environmental factors such as extreme heat, moisture, dirt and other contaminants that can compromise the service-quality and life of the displays and internal components.

Advanced Lighting

Lighting in automotive cockpits is significant as it eases navigation and improves the driver experience in the vehicle. Typically, interior lighting comes in plastic-covered LEDs and acrylic fibre optics through overhead lighting and backlit buttons and knobs. The use of adhesives and sealants enables protection from external damage, extended component life and the integration of optics in complex shapes.

Discover our full LED lighting product selection guide to view our full range of silicone solutions for vehicle lighting systems.

Integrated Speakers & Microphones

Voice-activated features and audio services in vehicle cockpits depend on well-integrated speakers and microphones into the cockpit. Adhesives and sealants can be used for the bonding and installation of speakers to help handle the high temperatures and extreme stresses created by the coil and magnet in the speakers. They also protect the speakers and microphones from external damage, moisture and being tampered with.

Discover our full speaker and microphone bonding selection guide to view our full range of solutions for bonding and sealing speakers and microphones.


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