LG’s plastic OLED technology is used in the infotainment system of the Mercedes-Benz luxury EV

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SEOUL – The premium in-car infotainment system in the Mercedes-Benz AGsedan EQS EV luxury electric vehicle is based on OLED (P-OLED) plastic developed by South Korean company LG Electronics. The screen extends across the entire width of the car’s dashboard. P-OLED is built on polyimide circuit boards and can be bent or rolled.

LG Electronics said the use of P-OLED display technology enables the infotainment system to deliver clear, sharp images and text, along with thin bezels that don’t have physical knobs. Passengers can have an intuitive touch interface with touches optimized for a user experience with a minimal learning curve.

Technological advances in electric and self-driving cars are increasing the importance of interior design and the need for distinctive products. Infotainment systems are the heart of connected cars that provide various features such as navigation, self-diagnostics, entertainment and vehicle controls. LG Electronics has developed new In-Vehicle Information and Entertainment (IVI) systems to provide differentiated service and connectivity.

LG said the EQS EV’s IVI system consisted of three displays including the instrument cluster display, a center information display, and a driver assistance display under a glass cover strapped to give the appearance of a single continuous screen, adding that its system was specifically designed to meet the needs of Mercedes-Benz. Benz AG with a curved panoramic form factor.

LG said the company’s engineers are taking in-vehicle displays such as instrument panels and navigation systems to a new level, providing drivers and passengers with more convenience and control in their on-road experience. “Being named a valuable automotive display screen supplier by Mercedes-Benz last year gives us great pride in knowing that the partnership is yielding great results,” said Eun Suk-hyun, head of LG’s Vehicle Component Solutions division, in a statement on January 12.

The IVI system features new technologies that perform well above minimum head-to-head collision standards. Drivers and passengers can use each screen independently.

In February 2020, LG’s curved digital P-OLED cockpit solution was first used for the 2021 version of Cadillac’s popular SUV, the Escalade. The display consists of three panels that form the dashboard to display basic vehicle information and an integrated central stack that serves as an informational display for audio, video and navigation content. Escalade features augmented reality for navigation and night vision.

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