Automotive

Haptic Controls

© K. Dobberke for Fraunhofer ISC
Center armrest with integrated controls.

Controls are becoming increasingly important for the variety of functions that can be accessed today. Meanwhile, the trend is away from classical controls such as e.g. switches to infinitely controllable functional elements that give the user but rarely feedback on the activation of the function. Learn more about the haptic control element.

Gesture Control

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Truck seat with gesture control.

To achieve optimum comfort, the ergonomically correct design and shape of the seat cushions is of great importance. Numerous adjustment and comfort functions make it possible for the driver to adapt the seating position as well as parts of the contouring to his individual needs and physical conditions. Find out more about gesture control here.

 

Operating Sensors

© K. Selsam, Fraunhofer ISC
Steering wheel with integrated controls.

Dielectric or capacitive elastomer pressure sensors can be used not only for pressure measurement, but also for the fulfillment of operating functions. Read more about operating sensors.

Seat Sensors

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Seat sensors.

Due to their soft consistency and flexibility, dielectric or capacitive elastomer pressure sensors can be advantageously integrated into seat cushions. With an arrangement of several sensors on the seat, so the pressure distribution of a seated person can be detected. Read more about seat sensors here.

Stretchable Printed Circuit

© K. Selsam, Fraunhofer ISC
Silicone film with printed, elastic conductor track structures.

Electrically conductive silicones, developed at the Center Smart Materials and Adaptive Systems, can be imprinted on a roller screen printing unit in almost any geometry on a carrier layer of silicone, whereby  not only a flexible, but also an elastic and stretchable printed circuit is possible. Learn more about the elastic track.