More details on the OLED prototypes used in Audi's Prologue concept car

A few day ago Audi unveiled a new concept two-door car, the Prologue - which uses several new OLED technologies. Audi were kind enough to update me on those new OLEDs and provide some technical details.

So first up is the bendable OLED panel, which is integrated to the center console tunnel and is nearly invisible when not in use. This display is "ergonomically adapted to the driver" and is used for climate control, handwriting input and other vehicle settings. When the car is started, the display pops up and Audi says that the fact that it bends ensures a constant distance to the hand which makes for better ergonomics. When operating the display, the wrist rests on the low-positioned gear selector lever of the eight-speed tiptronic.

This flexible display (made by Samsung Display), is 8.9 x 5.6 inch in size (226.56 x 141.6 mm) and features a resolution of 2560x1600 (287 PPI). Audi says that there are only 10 such displays in existence today, this is a very early sample from Samsung.

The Prologue also comes with three other glass-based (rigid) OLED displays, for the main instrument panel and also a special 4K LCD display for the front-passenger.

Audi has been playing with OLED technologies for a long time. Back in 2012 they unveiled three new OLED lighting designs, and in 2013 they unveiled 3D OLED lighting taillight prototypes (developed with Philips and Merck). In 2012 Audi also installed AMOLED digital rear view "mirrors" in their R18 sports prototype cars.

Posted: Dec 01,2014 by Ron Mertens