In2tec is leading the automotive industry with cutting-edge steering wheel Human-Machine Interface (HMI) technologies. Our low-profile steering wheel systems, powered by advanced and patented flexible electronics, stand at the forefront of vehicle control systems. For F1, motorsport, hypercar, and niche automotive manufacturers, In2tec is the driving force behind sleek, lightweight, and high-strength steering wheel systems. This article delves into the synergy of our innovative flexible electronics and switching technologies that deliver ultra-thin profile complex curve construction that is redefining the driving experience and meet the current and future advances in technology.
Technological Capabilities Enhancing Ergonomics
Our commitment to understanding functional vehicle control systems enable us to align our steering wheel design with driver convenience and expectations. The vision behind our concept steering wheel is to address the growing demand for exceptional user experiences in niche/hypercar markets. Our technological capabilities enhance the ergonomics of the steering wheel, allowing drivers to access information and control functions with intuitive controls positioned in a low-profile, natural hands-on-wheel safe driving position.
Free form shape of the wheel
The 'free form' shape takes centre stage, the complex curve with its concave and convex surfacing enables the creation of an ultra-thin profile. This innovative design accommodates our flexi-circuit assemblies and data communications seamlessly within the contours of the wheel shell. The result is a remarkable reduction in profile and weight, unlocking unparalleled ergonomic design possibilities in any HMI and in this application setting new standards in steering wheel technology.
Smart Illumination and Secret-til-lit Capacitive and Haptic Technologies:
Enable drivers to seamlessly execute functions within a simple finger gesture from their driving position, minimizing visual distractions. The innovative Secret-til-lit technology intelligently illuminates only the essential functions that demand the driver's attention or necessitate a decision, offering a smart and streamlined informational interface.
Our steering wheel presenting driver-relevant information with smart illumination and secret-til-lit capacitive and haptic technologies ensures all necessary functionality is available on a perceived clutter-free wheel. The 'free form' shape of the wheel, featuring concave and convex surfacing, enables ultra-thin profiles by utilising every area of real estate of the wheel shell. Our flexi-circuit assemblies and data communications conform within the shape and curves of the wheel shell, reducing profile and weight while advancing unrivalled ergonomic design possibilities.
Secret-til-lit capacitive touch with haptic technologies embedded in the wheel structure provides drivers with definitive physical feedback, ensuring seamless interaction. Integrating comprehensive electronics in a small space is made possible by our Flat Shielded Twisted Pair conformable wiring together with innovative flexible electronics solutions.
Innovative Guiding Light
In2tec incorporates an innovative guiding light concept, utilising creative illumination around the steering wheel for both functional alarm state feedback as well as aesthetic peripheral visual LED guided pinstriping. The reduction in space required for electronics allows for this creative illumination, enhancing communication of vehicle functional states via ambient light. Alarm indicators for rev limits and over speed warnings for example are via light output situated on the steering wheel in front of the driver for easy detection in their peripheral vision.
Flat Shielded Twisted Pair Communications Technology
Our steering wheel incorporates high-speed data-compatible technologies with flat, conformable, adhesive-backed, shielded 'twisted pair' conductors. This technology can be integrated on the inner complex curve of the shell surface ensures efficient data communication in an advanced device of this type.
Epaper Graphical Output
Multiple ultra-thin, easily legible low-energy Epaper displays integrated onto the shift levers provide essential information related to gear change functions as well as entertainment performance. Robust connections, facilitated by In2tec's flat shielded twisted pair comms technologies, ensure reliability and performance.
At In2tec, sustainability is at our core. We’re committed to a circular economy in electronics, not only in the automotive arena but all market sectors through our set of highly recyclable materials, conductive and process technologies, with our ReUSE® flexible printed circuit assemblies enabling them to be ‘unzipped’ at the EOL which releases unstressed components to be reused in second life, then many times over. Our continuing investment in sustainable electronics technology reflects our commitment to driving positive environmental change for future generations.
In2tec's technologies, capabilities, product, and material focus combined provide game-changing solutions, driven by the philosophy that "nothing is impossible," have resulted in a groundbreaking design solution at the heart of the vehicle control system. Our concept steering wheel not only enhances the driving experience but also ensures enhanced safety, illustrating the transformative power of innovation in the automotive industry. As we continue to push boundaries, In2tec remains a driving force behind the future of automotive technology.
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