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Touch and pressure sensitive material without electronic sensors for intuitive and eye-free control of a car’s features while driving

Project description

A product that won’t take a driver’s eyes from the road

EU roads are the safest in the world. While technology helps to increase the level of safety of our cars, today’s vehicles are packed with distractions. Touchscreens, for example, slow driver response times. The EU-funded Tangi0 project will introduce a new method for operating in-car controls. It’s based on an intuitive, tactile material with distinctive shapes that allow drivers to operate it eye-free. This reduces the safety hazards of driving distractions. The technology has been tested with Tier 1 automotive supplier, Novares. Tangi0 will design the integrated system and fully commercialise the solution by reaching the market. Designed to keep a driver’s eyes on the road, the project’s overall aim is to reduce the number of road accidents in Europe.


Current in-car controls have many individual components and parts included, making them very costly to assemble. If even one of the parts fails the controls won’t work and car models could be recalled by the factory to have to fix the issue. The assembled components are difficult to take apart and need to go through a timely, costly process to be recycled and not be turned into e-waste. The main problem behind in-car controls are that they cause significant distractions to drivers which has been found the cause of 80% of road traffic accidents. The problem is only becoming worse with infotainment displays imbedded with multiple lights and sensors and controls being inputted through a large touch-screen device.
Tangi0 have developed a new method for operating controls in the cockpit of cars through an intuitive, tactile material with distinctive shapes that allow drivers to operate it eye-free. This reduces the safety hazards of driving distractions. Using a touch-sensitive, conductive material also means that there is a huge reduction in electronic components needed in the product making a much cheaper, environmentally friendly.
Following a very promising preliminary validation of the innovative technology with Jaguar-Land Rover, Tangi0 now intend to develop and design the integrated system and fully commercialize the solution by reaching the market in 2021. Incorporated in the UK in 2015 with its core business in the European automotive market with a revenue of €200K, £450K in funding and a staff headcount of 8.
The proposed work in Phase 1 of the SME instrument fits into the overall Tangi0 plan to reach market by contributing the financial resources needed to plan a fast, sound and wider deployment of the solution and the market uptake. It will also allow the SME to accomplish key feasibility activities and reduce the business risks, such as business planning, customer identification and outreach, and stronger IP management strategy.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
United Kingdom

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

London Inner London — West Wandsworth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 71 429,00