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3M Human Machine Interface (HMI) Solutions

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This is one of the most exciting times in the history of the automotive industry. Technology, safety and mobility are converging to power the future. At 3M, we work with leading OEMs, Tiers and display makers to help make electronics lighter, safer, more durable and more efficient in the vehicle.

We're building on decades of experience and investing in the future to help equip vehicles with the best in information displays, driver monitoring, head-up displays, vehicle connectivity and user experience. Browse 3M solutions for automotive HMI applications below.

  • Place sensors where you need for optimal driver monitoring performance while still delivering a flawless driver experience. With 3M™ Sensor Camouflage Films, you can place infrared sensors where they work best while hiding them completely from the driver’s view.

  • Achieve best-in-class brightness, color and design flexibility with 3M™ Head-Up Display solutions. Our array of optical films provides optimal visibility in most lighting conditions and covers the right area so you can improve thermal management, reduce energy consumption and provide a wider viewing angle.

  • Bring together breathtaking design, enhanced safety, efficiency, functionality and reliability. 3M delivers solutions that solve your toughest automotive display design challenges: light manipulation and management, bonding, EMI prevention, thermal management and impact absorption.

  • Make more than a rearview mirror. Make a full-width, fully integrated information display. 3M™ Reflective Polarizing Mirror films let you design eMirror applications with seamless transition between an electrified backlit state and the passive reflective state, giving you higher clarity and visibility in a broad spectrum of conditions.

  • Craft a complete and immersive cabin environment. Solutions for solar management, information displays and driver monitoring are designed to deliver a comfortable and optimized ergonomic experience.

Human Machine Interface Resources

  • New film technologies to address limitations in vehicle display ecosystems

    Since the introduction of the first modern (i.e., digital) vehicle displays, designers and manufacturers have made significant advances in technologies that improve image quality and enhance unit durability. Typically, these advances have been targeted and discrete. For example, to increase brightness, high efficiency light control films were deployed; to reduce nighttime windshield glare, a light-directing louver film was incorporated into the liquid crystal display (LCD) backlight. While this targeted approach to vehicle display concerns has advanced performance—in many cases impressively—it may have reached the limits of its effectiveness.

    For displays based on the most common head-up display (HUD) architecture, shortcomings are often interrelated. As such, they require a holistic or cabin human machine interface (HMI) ecosystem approach that recognizes this interplay and, where possible, addresses multiple issues simultaneously. Several new films, in concert with existing film technologies, show how a cabin ecosystem strategy can be implemented.

  • Click here to wathc Innovation worth sharing: Light reflection management video with Dr. John Vanderlofske
    Reflection Management

    Innovation Worth Sharing: Watch Dr. John Vanderlofske, 3M Senior Research Scientist, describe what light control film is: what it does, where it goes and how it can enable design freedom in automotive design.

  • Innovation worth sharing: Trends in information displays
    Trends in information displays

    Learn about the trends we’re seeing in automotive information displays, and the challenges they create for light management. This overview includes twin displays, browless displays, passenger displays and more.

  • Innovation worth Sharing: What about future displays video
    What about future displays?

    Discover our observations about emissive OLED displays, and the challenges of managing reflection in units with no backlight. Learn more about how 3M is already working to write standards for the future in automotive HMI.

Get expert help for designing your HMI experience

Every design has its unique challenges and we’re here to help. Contact a 3M Expert to discuss the full range of HMI technology solutions that can benefit your current or future design.