Faurecia partners JDI for next-gen automotive displays

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 26 Feb 2019

Faurecia, a leading automotive technology provider from France, has joined hands with Japan Display Inc. (JDI), a leader in automotive displays to enhance the digital user experience in vehicles. They will cooperate on the development and integration of large displays into automotive interiors. The two companies will leverage their know-how and expertise so that the functionalities and design of large displays will be a key element of cockpit attractiveness.

During CES 2019, Faurecia and JDI revealed a first illustration of their capabilities by showcasing a world premiere 32.1inches 6K display integrated into an instrument panel. Drawing on advanced mechatronics, kinematics, materials and design to offer an optimized user experience, the instrument panel surface smoothly adapts its shape and the display moves according to the driving or autonomous mode. During driving mode, the display can be used as a driving cluster giving information and safety signals as well as offer a central screen for navigation and media. In autonomous mode, the display transforms into a large format entertainment screen. This combined with front seats that can swivel inwards, creates a new shared ‘onboard cinema’ experience to share with all the family.

David Weill, vice-president marketing and business development at Faurecia Interiors, said, “Connected vehicles, autonomous driving, ride sharing and electrification are set to radically change the driving experience and as consequence vehicle interiors. Versatility and personalization of displays will be key for facilitating different onboard activities. By combining our expertise, JDI and Faurecia will develop innovative displays adapted to different use cases to enhance the user experience. And Faurecia will leverage its knowhow to ensure safety, high-perceived quality and seamless integration of displays into the cockpit.”

Oliver Burscher, managing director of JDI Europe, said, “From the perspective of a display manufacturer we are looking at a very interesting and technology-driven future of the complete automotive market. Therefore, the trend towards autonomous driving, and smart surfaces with a new way of living, requires a complete re-thinking of the possibilities and needs of all passengers in the vehicle. Our JDI-team, together with the Faurecia technology experts, has investigated and developed a completely awesome and first-in-class display, which will fit to every kind of new well-being scenarios the passengers will live, feel, see and enjoy in the future vehicles.”