Jaguar Land Rover's pioneering structural electronics research could allow dashboards to be replaced by curved screens and let drivers customise interiors thanks to colour-changing body panels. For more information see the IDTechEx report onPrinted, Flexible and Organic Electronics 2020-2030.
In a world-first, Jaguar Land Rover is developing the Lightweight Electronics in Simplified Architecture (LESA) research technology - used in flexible wearables and curvedOLEDTVs - for car interiors. It has the potential to radically change cabins of the future and would offer customers greater ability to customise their cars to suit their needs.
随着LESA技术，Jaguar Land Rover将能够制造车身面板显示，仅在需要时显示信息，以帮助设计人员为未来汽车实现简化和纽扣设计。这种设计可包括可定制的内部环境照明系统，身体控制，较短的仪表板和先进的织物/皮革加热方向盘。
The innovativeprinted electronicssystem will also reduce the weight of in-car electronics by up to 60% as wiring, sensors and computing is contained within all non-metal materials, removing the need for extra包装space for control units.
Features using the award-winning LESA technology would be created using a faster, simpler and more automated process, be more flexible in usage and offer technological advancements - such as makingdigitaldisplays appear on surfaces like wood without the need for a screen. It also makes adding solar panels to the vehicle possible without adding extra system weight to car. The renewable power generated from the sun could then be used to recharge thebattery.
The system uses computer animated drawings (CAD) to virtually "unfold" a part into its 2D structure. The required electronic circuit, ordinarily wired into a traditional ECU, is then printed onto the flat surface, and components are mounted, before the CAD is folded back into its original 3D. The part is then manufactured with the electronics printed into the structure.
Jaguar Land Rover has successfully trialled LESA technology on an overhead control panel prototype, achieving a weight reduction of 60% and minimising the part size from 50mm to 3.5mm. The research was awarded an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award with judges praising it as "the future of electronics in the car".
"Healthcare, aerospace, consumer technology and military industries are already harnessing the benefits of structural electronics and our research is leading the way in the automotive sector by bringing it into the cabin for the first time. We believe LESA represents the future of vehicle electronics and will enable us to design and manufacture innovative, flexible and customisable cabins for our customers while also reducing weight and cost during production helping us reach Destination Zero."says Jaguar Land Rover Electric Research Technical Manager, Ashutosh Tomar.
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