Tesla is jumping on the bezel-less display craze and it looks like the automaker is not satisfied with the development in the industry as it is developing its own bezel-less display technology.
Some people forget that Tesla was an early adopter of the large touchscreen display.
It’s 2009 Tesla Model S prototype featured a large touchscreen display. That was even before the launch of Apple’s iPad, which really popularized the use of larger touchscreen displays.
With Model S and Model X, Tesla didn’t have to worry much about bezels because the large 17-in screen is embedded into the dashboard.
However, Tesla went with a more minimalistic approach with the Model 3’s interior built around a 15-inch touchscreen display sticking out of the dashboard.
This display features a relatively large bezel:
Last year, we saw some early design mockups of Tesla’s planned Model S and Model X design refresh.
The idea is to make the interior more similar to the Model 3’s interior, but it also featured a bezel-less center display.
Here are some of those design images:
The design refresh appears to have been delayed to next year, but it looks like Tesla really wants to bring this bezel-less design to its vehicles and it doesn’t plan to rely on other people’s technology.
Tesla filed for a new patent application for a display screen with holographic glass around it that can “reduce or eliminate the visibility of a boundary between the displaying portions of the system and the non-displaying portions”, which is more commonly known as a bezel-less display.
The automaker describes the technology in the new patent application released today:
“An exemplary system includes a display screen including a plurality of pixels forming a first periodic structure and a frame surrounding at least a portion of the display screen. The frame may include a holographic structure having a second periodic structure. The first pitch of the first periodic structure may be within 0.5 percent to 20 percent of the second pitch of the second periodic structure.”
Here’s a diagram of a regular system compared to Tesla’s new technology:
Christos Gougoussis, a Tesla Senior Staff Engineer, is listed as the inventor of the design.
The engineer’s résumé is as impressive as it gets. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and he is an expert in quantum physics.
Before joining Tesla in 2016, Gougoussis worked for Tesla supplier Saint-Gobain where he worked on a variety of glass and thin-film technologies.
While Tesla would obviously want to use the display technology developed by Gougoussis in its in-car display, it could technically be used in other devices
The patent application shows drawings of mobile phones and tablets.
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