- Highest award "Gold" for excellent product design in the Automotive Parts and Accessories category for Continental's ShyTech display
- ShyTech displays combine design and function: Display and control surfaces only appear when relevant to the driver
- The German Design Award is the largest award from the German Design Council and one of the most prestigious international design awards
Babenhausen, Germany, February 15, 2022. The technology company Continental was awarded "Gold" at the German Design Award for its ShyTech display for excellent product design in the Automotive Parts and Accessories category. Every year, the award honors innovative and forward-looking products and projects for outstanding design.
"Receiving the highest honor of the German Design Award for our ShyTech display is a great recognition for our team. It confirms our approach to purist vehicle design and outstanding user experience," says Philipp von Hirschheydt, Head of User Experience Business Area at Continental. "Our solution seamlessly integrates high-resolution displays into a two-dimensionally shaped surface in real wood or leather look, where the displays disappear completely and content only appear when in use."
With the ShyTech display, Continental is setting a new standard for the increasing demand for large screen solutions in vehicles. If necessary, the display innovation can take the entire width of the instrument panel, but still prevents sensory overload of the vehicle occupants. It manages to visually enhance unused display surfaces – because ShyTech displays are only visible when they are needed.
This is made possible thanks to a semi-transparent surface. It ensures that the screen can be seamlessly integrated into the surrounding surface – both visually and haptically. Even if the instrument panel appears to be made of one piece, navigation or other communication information as well as the menu of the touchscreen are always available. At the same time, Continental's innovation solves the design requirement of not letting inactive screens appear as blank black areas. Depending on the configuration, the display surface appears either as a wooden panel or as a leather-covered surface. Not only does it look like the original material, it also feels like it. Thanks to ShyTech innovations, screens can be placed virtually anywhere in the interior.
A system concept developed by Continental ensures seamless integration of the ShyTech display even when switched on. Among other things, the system consists of a special backlight which, in special coordination with the LCD panel and the décor surface, allows the display contents to appear in ideal brightness and sharpness in every lighting situation – from glistening sunlight to cloudy rainy weather. The razor-sharp visuals of the display also impress with high contrast values.
In February 2022, the German Design Council will present the German Design Award for the tenth time. Over the past decade, the winners of these prestigious awards have been selected by an international jury of leading experts from all design disciplines. The award honors outstanding forward-looking products and projects with its internationally recognized prizes. Candidates are divided into categories "Excellent Communications Design", "Excellent Architecture" and "Excellent Product Design", in which Continental was awarded “Gold” for the ShyTech display.