Adopting flexible OLEDs is the latest and most popular trend in the automotive industry. Top automotive manufacturers are now researching ways to add flexible OLEDs to vehicle displays. Some have already released models housing flexible OLED displays, including Mercedes and Cadillac.
The 2021 Mercedes S-Class car with a 12.8-inch OLED display and the 2021 Cadillac Escalade with its 38-inch OLG OLED display prove that flexible OLEDs are the trend. Vehicle manufacturers want to reduce the number of buttons that clutter your vehicle’s dashboard for a more interactive display. Flexible OLEDs are making this possible, revolutionizing visual display in vehicles.
What are Flexible OLEDs?
Flexible OLEDs or organic light-emitting diodes are built using flexible substrates (bases) such as plastic or metal foils as opposed to traditional LECs, which use glass substrates. Due to this substrate, they are also far more flexible and durable, can conform to certain shapes, and can be bent or rolled to fit unique designs.
Think of foldable phones and laptops, rollable displays, electronics paper, and pocket-sized wearables, all made possible through the use of flexible OLEDs. They open the doorway to new possibilities in lighting and display, particularly for the automotive industry.
Flexible OLED Displays – The Next Generation of Automotive Visual Display
Flexible OLED displays are the future of automotive visual displays. They seem to offer several benefits compared to traditional LEDs, making them more desirable in modern releases. Let’s take a close look at what flexible OLED technology have to offer.
l High Contrast
OLED technology allows us to produce thin, transparent, and highly responsive display panels. These displays offer a much better contrast ratio compared to LCDs. They can produce absolute black images or extremely bright images as needed. LCDs use a backlight to illuminate their pixels, whereas OLED displays use self-lit pixels.
Considering the driving environment, you are wise to choose a high-contrast OLED display for a clearer display under the sun.
l Large Viewing Angle
OLEDs are known for supporting designs that require wide viewing angles compared to other displays. You won’t have any luminance degradation no matter what angle you view them from, giving an excellent viewing experience.
With LCDs, you might find different areas of the screen appearing brighter than others at times. Using curved OLEDs in cars that fit the display’s curvature and provide optimized viewing angles will improve the driving experience.
l No Glare
A flexible OLED display tends to be discomfort glare-free. They offer more contrast in dark areas and adjust the brightness to a level that minimizes the level of glare. This will further help reduce the strain on the eyes, driver tiredness, and fatigue. This will prove beneficial for drivers who need to travel long distances.
l Suitable for Curved Surfaces
Flexible OLEDs are built on thin plastic or metal foils, making them very thin and lightweight. This also makes them more flexible, bendable, rollable, and foldable. This makes them suitable for use on curved surfaces. Most of the flexible TV monitors, smart screens, and wearables you see these days are usually built with OLED displays.
This flexibility also makes them well suited to cars with curved surfaces, as OLEDs can easily be molded to fit the required shape and bring a futuristic sense.
l Short Reaction Time
OLED displays offer extremely high response time, usually around 1/1,000 that of an LCD. Response time refers to the time the flexible display screen takes for each pixel to change its state, i.e., its color and brightness. A display with a shorter reaction time will have smoother shifts between frames and less motion blur. OLED pixels can change their state incredibly fast, offering shorter reaction times.
l Good Picture Quality
High contrast and better lighting mean that, ultimately, OLED displays tend to have better picture quality than traditional LCDs. Even at the most severe of angles, you won’t find any degradation in the color or brightness of your display.
FET’s 7.8-inch Flexible OLED Display
If you are looking for a reliable OLED display to be fitted into your automotive design, you should consider the FET 7.8-inch flexible OLED display. The vehicle display comes in a 1920 x 1440 interactive display with a full-color AMOLED display, perfect for use in automotive and similar curved surfaces.
They are not only ultra-lightweight and ultra-thin but also flexible and durable. You will also find that they perform quite well in higher upper operating temperatures and are not prone to degradation under thermal shock.
Why Choose FET?
Forfuture Electron Technology is one of the leading manufacturers and producers in the optoelectronic display industry. Since our inception back in 2010, we have been providing users across the globe with flexible OLED display module solutions that can be used in innovative designs and products.
The company aims to revolutionize modern electronics, utilizing only the best products and services. FET is a flexible OLED display manufacturer with fully ISO9001 quality and ISO14001 environmental certifications, offering services to users across the globe.
The Future of Flexible OLED Display in Automotives
The flexible OLEDs are indeed the future of automotive interactive touchscreen displays. However, it is no denying that there are still many challenges they face in their development. One of the biggest challenges that automotive manufacturers face is the durability of OLEDs in higher working temperatures. Heat generation in OLEDs can act as a source of degradation, which is a major source of concern for manufacturers. Another major concern is “image retention.” If an image is shown for too long on a screen, it may be “burned in” to the display, even if something else is shown. This will degrade the driving experience.
Even with its many challenges, manufacturers have high hopes that OLED Display will seamlessly integrate with car aesthetics and improve the interior of automobiles.