PIDA Sees OLEDs Targeting 100m Automotive Console Market
March 06, 2017
Automotive displays have become the third largest application of small- to medium-size TFT-LCD panels and PIDA expects that the use of OLED panels in automotive displays will take off in 2018. LG Display is one supplier, poised to produce plastic substrate-based OLED panels, but use of such panels in automotive displays is currently infeasible until there are clearer regulations. For use in automotive displays, OLED panels are quicker in response and use less power than the incumbent TFT-LCD panels. However, OLEDs do not yet operate at high temperatures (85°C) that are typically specified for automotive monitors. The typical dashboard is equipped with two panels, one for central information and the other for rear-seat entertainment. Many Europe-made high-end automobile models are additionally equipped with head-up displays. Beginning 2017, demand for display panels used in electronic rear-view mirrors is increasing because the US, Europe, Japan and South Korea have lifted bans on production of cars without rear-view mirrors (thus equipped with electronic rear-view mirrors). Global demand for panels used in automotive displays increased from 94.64 million units in 2015 to 101.95 million units in 2016 and is expected to keep increasing to 173.26 million units in 2022, PIDA cited Japan-based Yano Research Institute as indicating.