Hyundai and Uniphy partner on development of freeform automotive HMI

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Hyundai Moor Group and smart surface developer Uniphy have signed an agreement to collaboratively develop freeform-conforming, smart human machine interfaces (HMls). The companies say they will be harnessing Uniphy’s Canvya 3D smart-surface technology to produce an in-car user interface.

The work will be undertaken by the Hyundai Motor European Technical Center (HMETC), the company’s European R&D center. “HMETC considers Uniphy’s 3D smart-surface solution to be unique and enabling, because it has the advanced capabilities to combine the richest range of HMI features, based on intrinsic properties of Uniphy’s patented technology. This allows the easy realization of 3D Smart Surfaces while also giving product designers creative freedom. We can’t wait to introduce the new solutions that we are developing in cooperation with Uniphy, to the world,” said Firat Tapti, lead on body interior engineering design at HMETC.

Uniphy states that its 3D smart-surface solution combines software algorithms and in-house developed techniques, which allow for standard materials and mainstream manufacturing processes to be deployed to create freeform 3D smart interfaces. The company’s tagline is that its technology goes ‘Beyond Touch’ by combining non-conductive, finger pressure touch sensing with the integration of physical HMI features including dials, buttons and sliders. It also supports haptic feedback, touch-gesture and proximity recognition while also being able to host additional proprietary or third-party HMI features including voice user interfaces, as found in smart devices.

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