HMI Systems and Functions

User-friendly display of all relevant information, simple operating concepts, and absolute security during use; these are just three of the many aspects that our modern HMI Systems have to offer.

Our versatile product solutions provide a large number of functions that have already been implemented in order to optimize human-machine interaction. Highly automated processes in vehicles require fast and user-friendly interfaces between the driver/operator and the vehicle systems.
Displays, switches, and a whole series of cameras now pave the way for safe, secure, and relaxed mobility of the future. By using proven-in-use systems and optimized components from the automotive industry and a contributing highly efficient adaptation of all aspects of the designs, Continental Engineering Services efficiently meets the increasingly specialized requirements of mobility service providers and the industry as a whole.
Follow us through our extensive range of optimized HMI systems, functions, and components below:

Display & Projection

Our innovative display systems ensure a feasible, comprehensive, and clearly designed representation of all information relevant to the vehicle passengers.
We offer a wide range of customer-specific applications, based on our technological platform. Integrated HMIs with modern HMI tools are developed in close cooperation with OEMs and designers.

Our products for realizing this functions

  • Instrumentation cluster (analog or digital) for driver information
  • Head-up-display for projecting information directly on the windscreen or combiner glass
  • Augmented reality systems
  • Central displays for displaying infotainment or camera data
    (mirror replacement, 360° camera)
  • Screens which are integrated into buttons and faceplates


  • A wide range of display sizes and forms are available
  • Experience in various display technologies (TFT, AMOLED, HD, 3D displays)
  • Innovative surface processing, such as Gorilla Glass, and optical bonding
  • HMI Design and implementation in all standard HMI toolchains
  • Bespoke development based on proven technologies

Haptic Controls

We develop intelligent operating concepts aligned to current HMI standards for intuitive and safe operation in complex driving situations. Incorporating various technologies: from simple haptic elements to complex touch displays with haptic feedback. Combining high-quality materials, such as high quality metals, glass or ceramic, with innovative technologies, such as curved displays.

Our products for realizing this functions

  • Control panels, e.g. for climate control or infotainment
  • Central controls (centre consoles)
  • Integration of touch technologies on displays
  • Haptic controls (keys, press and knob controllers)
  • Capacitive switches / sliders


  • Intuitive control elements for a holistic HMI experience
  • High standards for optical and haptic feedback through the use of high-quality surfaces (black panel effect, real glass, ceramic, metal, real wood)
  • Integration of control and display elements within a single unit (e.g. rotary adjuster with round display)


Infotainment systems provide drivers with targeted information concerning the vehicle and route, facilitating communication with the infrastructure without compromising safety, allowing passengers to entertain themselves during journeys and provide necessary instruments, systems, and modules that connect with each other and other devices.
Our own infotainment platform provides the HMI operating concept with the flexibility and integration of several multimedia functionalities.

Our products for realizing this functions

  • Infotainment platform
  • Head unit
  • Continental Open Infotainment Software Platform based on Linux GENIVI standard
  • Integrated navigation systems
  • eHorizon
  • HMI for central displays
  • Central displays
  • Gesture control
  • Rear seat entertainment


  • Proven hardware and software platforms
  • User-friendly and ergonomic user interfaces for a holistic HMI concept
  • Customer-specific implementation of desired functionalities

Gesture Control

We have developed innovative solutions for gesture control-based vehicle operations. The electronics are concealed beneath the interior surfaces, creating greater design freedom for automotive interiors. Our primary focus, within the scope of gesture control, is to reduce driver distraction.

Our products for realizing this functions

  • Camera-based gesture recognition (e.g., combined with driver-state monitoring)
  • Intelligent surfaces via capacitive gesture recognition
  • Smart infrared technology for future control designs
  • Infotainment systems


  • More freedom for interior design
  • Possible integration into vehicle electronics, e.g., Infotainment System
  • Forms the cornerstone of presentation of an intuitive HMI in the vehicle
  • Vehicle operations control without taking the hands off the steering wheel

Driver Monitoring

Driver Monitoring systems enable hands-free interaction between humans and machines. A camera-based system analyzes gaze, facial expression, and the physical condition of the driver. For small-series applications, new possibilities arise in the area of driver security, interior space personalization, and control of HMI-applications by sight and gesture.

Our products for realizing this functions

  • 2D / 3D interior driver monitoring camera
  • Integration of the camera and processing unit in the central instrument cluster
  • Alliance of driver condition data with complete vehicle HMI


  • Reliable monitoring of driving behavior and warning in case of inattention, drowsiness or microsleep
  • Reduction of stress and driver distractions
  • An additional possibility to initiate safeguarding strategies in conjunction with driver assistance functions
  • Comfortable and intuitive HMI-handling
  • Anti-theft protection by identity verification
  • Excellent functionality in a variety of lighting conditions due to infrared technology and global-shutter sensor illumination
  • Individual comfort settings: e.g., selection of radio station, steering wheel, mirror, seat, restrain system settings, and temperature settings
  • Common IP platform for more natural integration
  • Compact size for more design flexibility
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Key elements of monitoring

  • Driver’s head movement, gaze, and eye-lid opening
  • Vehicle and environment (for the communication with driver assistance systems)
  • Steering behavior
  • Driver’s heart rate

The system allows analytics related to

  • Driving behavior
  • Driver’s focus on the traffic
  • Driver’s stress
  • Driver’s desires on the control of navigation and entertainment systems
  • Health conditions of the driver and his ability to control the vehicle


Daniel Jaedicke

Business Development – Interior Electronic Functions