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 modern HMI Components have to offer. Our versatile product solutions offer 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 already proven systems and components from the automotive industry and a highly efficient adaptation of all aspects, Continental Engineering Services meets the increasingly specialized requirements of mobility service providers and industry.

Follow us through our extensive range of optimized HMI systems, functions and components.

Display & Projection

Our innovative display systems ensure a feasible, comprehensive and clearly designed display 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 realising this function

  • Instrument cluster (analogue or digital) for driver information
  • Head-up displays 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)
  • Displays integrated in buttons and faceplates

Your benefits

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

  • 10.25'' Free Programmable Instrument Cluster

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 realising this function

  • 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

Your benefits

  • 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 providing drivers with targeted information concerning the vehicle and the route, facilitating communication with the infrastructure without compromising their safety, allowing passengers to entertain themselves during journeys and providing the necessary instruments, systems and modules that connect with each other and other devices.

Our own platform provides the HMI operating concept with the flexibility and integration of several multimedia functionalities.

Our products for realising this function

  • 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

Your benefits

  • 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 operation. The electronics are concealed beneath the interior surface, creating greater interior design freedom. Our main focus is to reduce driver distraction.

Our products for realising this function

  • 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

Your benefits

  • More freedom for the interior design
  • Possible integration into vehicle electronics, e.g. Infotainment System
  • A further cornerstone for the 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 the hands-free interaction between human and machine. 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 the control of HMI-applications by sight and gesture.

Keyelements 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

System allows conclusions on:

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

Our products for realising this function

  • 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

Your benefits

  • Reliable monitoring of driving behavior and warning in case of inattention, drowsiness or microsleep
  • Reduction of stress and distraction of driver
  • Additional possibility to initiate safeguarding strategies in interplay with driver assistance functions
  • Comfortable and intuitive HMI-handling
  • Anti-theft protection by identity verification
  • Independence of lightening conditions due to infrared technology and global-shutter sensor illumination
  • Individual comfort settings: e.g. selection of radio station, steering wheel, mirror, seat or restrain system settings, temperature settings
  • Common IP platform for easier integration
  • Compact size of design for more design options

Direct Contact

Stefan Strauss
Tel: +49 841 881 2603