Continental has introduced the 5 inch TFT (thin film transistor) display technology for the commercial vehicle segment in India. Displays using TFT technology are already the norm in vehicle cockpits. With Continental, this successful product now enters the CV market, marking a new chapter in the company’s history. TFT technology is becoming increasingly appealing to commercial vehicle manufacturers worldwide, with its benefits ranging from navigation and vehicle user interface to entertainment. Continental’s 5 inch TFT display will facilitate better information management coupled with high definition image quality while the vehicles are travelling 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, OEMs 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. 

The company is a provider of brake systems, systems and components for power-trains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tyres, and technical elastomers, with sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013. It has three divisions – Chassis & Safety, Powertrain and Interior (which has an Aftermarket Business Unit.)

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