Hyundai Motor Group and Uniphy Limited have announced that they have signed an agreement to work together to develop freeform-conforming, smart Human Machine Interfaces (HMls) to revolutionize the driver and passenger experience. The companies will be harnessing Uniphy’s patented Canvya™ 3D smart-surface technology to produce an innovative in-car user interface. The collaboration will see Hyundai’s automotive expertise combined with Uniphy’s advanced technological approach; a cooperation which is set to deliver Uniphy’s solution promise of beautiful, intuitive, robust, safe, and economic results.
Hyundai Motor European Technical Center GmbH (HMETC) is the European R&D center of Hyundai Motor Group. HMETC is a world-class Automotive R&D center which continuously monitors innovative technologies and creates original concepts, which may ultimately find their way into production vehicles.
“HMETC considers Uniphy’s 3D smart-surface solution to be unique and enabling, because it has the advanced capabilities to combine the richest range of HMI features, based on intrinsic properties of Uniphy’s patented technology. This allows the easy realization of 3D Smart Surfaces whilst also giving product designers creative freedom. We can’t wait to introduce the new solutions that we are developing in cooperation with Uniphy, to the world”, says Firat Tapti, Body Interior Engineering Design at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH.
Uniphy’s revolutionary 3D smart-surface solution combines novel algorithms and patented technologies to allow standard materials and mainstream manufacturing processes to be deployed to deliver feature-rich and freeform 3D smart interfaces. The Uniphy solution truly transforms what has been possible in product design. It enables designers to freely create HMIs that are beautiful and experiences that are intuitive and natural, whilst also delivering robustness and remaining economical. The technology goes “Beyond Touch™” and unifies non-conductive, finger pressure touch sensing with the integration of physical HMI features including dials, buttons & sliders. It also supports haptic feedback, touch-gesture and proximity recognition whilst also being able to host additional proprietary or third-party HMI features including Voice User Interfaces, as found in smart devices.
“We are delighted and honored to collaborate with Hyundai Motor Group- an automotive world leader with a stated and demonstrated commitment to relentless and responsible innovation. I have no doubt that the combination of the two companies’ capabilities and expertise will transform the in-car experience like never before.”, says Jim Nicholas, CEO, Uniphy Limited.