Continental ushers in 5 inch TFT displays for Indian CVs

 International automotive supplier Continental has introduced the 5 inch TFT (thin-film transistor) display technology for the commercial vehicle segment in India.

Displays using thin film transistor (TFT) technology are already the norm in vehicle cockpits. With Continental, this successful product now enters into the CV market, marking a new chapter in the company’s 111 year history of successful instrumentation-production.

TFT technology is becoming increasingly appealing to commercial vehicle manufacturers worldwide, with its benefits ranging from navigation and vehicle user interfaces to entertainment. Continental’s 5 inch TFT display, specially designed for commercial vehicles, will facilitate better information management coupled with high definition image quality while the vehicles are traveling or parked. 

Dr Christian Neumann, Head of Business Unit Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket (CVAM), India said, “The commercial vehicle industry in India is going through a major evolution, with technological advancement being one of the key drivers of growth. The availability of better information management solutions will further drive this transformation. In India, the prevalence of smart phones has made TFT screens ubiquitous. From passenger cars to commercial vehicles – TFT technology is seeing a logical progression. Continental expects rapid adoption by OEs and fleet owners in the coming years.” 

By adopting advanced solutions like TFT, OEs are following a trend in the truck and bus market towards larger displays with better color and higher definition. Another trend in commercial vehicle instrumentation is the inclusion of a secondary screen for displaying optional content like images from the ProViu camera system. While the global CV industry has witnessed these trends in the recent past, such technologies are making inroads into India at a faster pace than before.  

With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. As a provider of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs around 182,000 people in 49 countries.

The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €7.0 billion in 2012, 34,500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6.1 billion in 2012, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.4 billion in 2012, 33,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €19.5 billion in 2012.

The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.

Within the Continental Interior Division the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit accommodates the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle, special vehicle and aftermarket sector. A global network of sales and service companies ensures proximity to local customers.

Covering the product brands Continental, VDO, ATE and Barum the Business Unit offers electronic products, systems and services for commercial and special vehicles, a broad selection of products for specialized workshops and spare parts for the Independent Aftermarket and the Original Equipment Services after end of series production of the vehicle manufacturer.

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