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.