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Automotive touch panel market sees $1.5B growth by 2018

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:touch panel? touchscreen? touch technology? user interface?

Improvements in touch technology and the proliferation of touch-enabled screen used in consumer devices, such as smartphone and tablets, increase the demand for touchscreen automotive displays used for navigation, climate control, energy efficiency tracking, entertainment and online services, and other activities.

According to IHS Inc., the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for global automotive touch panel shipmentswhich includes shipments of factory-installed automotive touch panel systems, as well as aftermarket applications, dealer installations and service replacementswill average 18 per cent through 2018, with revenues forecast to reach $1.5 billion.

"Analogue resistive touch has dominated automotive touch panels, because the auto industry tends to prefer mature and proven technologies," said Shoko Oi, senior analyst of touch panel and user interface research for IHS. "Resistive touch is less influenced by noise and is capable of receiving input from gloved hands; however, the explosion in touch-enabled smartphones and other devices is rapidly changing the consumer mindset, which is helping spur demand for better automotive touchscreens. Touchscreens that require lighter touch pressure are rapidly becoming standard technology in many types of vehicles, which is affecting the technological transition from resistive panels to projective-capacitive panels."

Touch panel shipments

(Source: IHS)

Based on information from the latest Automotive Touch Panel Technology and Market Forecast Reportfrom IHS, while projective-capacitive touch (PCT) technology has been a topic of discussion since 2012, adoption is finally expected to begin in 2015 models, which is leading to the rise in touch-panel shipments.

Due to improvements in the consumer interface, most touch panels for 2017 car models will use PCT technology, which is expected to surpass the use of resistive technology in 2017. "Some manufacturers will still opt to use resistive touch screens in their bills of materials, not only to reduce costs, but also to avoid some continuing issues in the PCT display supply chain," Oi said.

The role of automotive displays is changing. What was once simply a way to view information from navigation system or car audio systems, has evolved into a human-to-machine interface for devices of inside and outside the vehicle. "This evolution, along with the increased volume and importance of displayed data, is leading to a growing need for touch-panel designs that incorporate irregular or curved shapes, larger sizes and higher resolutions," Oi said.

The Automotive Touch Panel Technology and Market Forecast Report from IHS explores the technologies and trends of touch panel adoption in future automobile designs. The report analyses all aspects of current touch technologies, plus those considered for future automotive applications. For information about purchasing this report, contact the sales department at IHS Asia-Pacific (APAC) at +604 291 3600 or

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