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Light Management Design Challenges

  • Shape and placement of displays enable new freedom to present an increasing breath of information about the vehicle and the operating environment. We’re here to help ensure that you can make visionary designs a reality while keeping drivers and passengers safe in the automobiles of tomorrow.


  • 3M Light management

    Design. Performance. Safety.

    Design. Performance. Safety.

    Technology that can help increase brightness, clarity and visibility in your information display to deliver your most visionary designs.

    Technology that can help increase brightness, clarity and visibility in your information display to deliver your most visionary designs.


3M™ Optically Clear Adhesive (OCA)

Enhances display contrast and mechanical robustness while optically clear bonding to glass.

3M™ Polarizer Films (ARP / DLPR)

Recycle polarized light to increase transmitted light to the viewer by 30-40%.

3M™ Advanced Light Control Film

Manage distracting reflections.

3M™ Brightness Enhancing Films (AEF / BEF / DBEF)

Uses prismatic structures to stear wide-angle light toward the viewer increasing brightness and efficiency.

3M™ Enhanced Specular Reflector (ESR)

High performance, non-metallic, color neutral mirror to reflect back greater than 98% of light.

HUD & display visibility comparison
  • Maximize brightness and efficiency for maximum readability.

    We’re entering a new era of human machine interface (HMI). On-axial luminance, readability and efficiency in automotive displays are all increasingly important for safe, differentiated customer experiences. 3M advanced films for brightness enhancement and reflective polarizing can help you achieve demanding display requirements: increase backlight efficiency, transmit more light, and avoid moiré effects. Specifically with electronic mirror (eMirror) displays, get clear, undistorted views in passive reflective and electrified backlit states, and switch seamlessly from mirror to display. These are just a few of the ways 3M can help. Explore now.

    Featured Technologies:

    3M™ DBEF

    3M™ BEF

    3M™ RPM

  • Decrease reflections – and distractions.

    As information displays increase in size and move higher on the dashboard bringing information closer to the driver for increased safety, managing reflections becomes critical. 3M™ Advanced Light Control Film (ALCF) helps enable cockpit designs to meet increasing demands of modern digital displays by controlling and directing light to exactly where it is needed – and reducing light from where it can become a distraction. ALCF is a louver film that controls the distribution of light perpendicular to the louver structure (viewing angle) to help create privacy, control ambient reflections and improve display contrast.

    Featured Technology:

    3M™ ALCF

  • Enhance contrast and durability with optical bonding

    Designers can create solid yet sleek designs with 3M™ Optically Clear Adhesives (OCAs). These adhesives reduce ambient reflections by filling in the air gap between the cover lens and the LCD. The result is much better contrast and readability for automotive displays. OCAs also help increase structural stiffness, providing greater reliability and durability. 3M Optically Clear Adhesives are available in roll good form (the ARO series) or converted (ACO). The ACO series is an easy to handle die-cut optically clear adhesive that conforms to the freeform shape and curvature of lenses and other components while maintaining bond strength.

    Featured Technology:

    3M™ OCA ACO Series

    3M™ OCA ARO Series


  • 3M Senior Research Scientist John VanDerlofske on light control
    Watch John VanDerlofske, PhD present research on light control solutions

    John VanDerlofske, 3M Company, “Driving Toward Performance Standards in Light Control for Automotive Displays” SID Vehicle Display Symposium 2019

    Displays are becoming a more common and important feature of any new automotive cockpit. Increasing in size and proximity to windows, these displays raise the need for light control solutions to mitigate unsightly and possibly distracting windshield reflections. We discuss automotive display trends, their unique light control challenges, and propose new display light output metrics that can be critical to safety, and the driver/passenger experience.


Light management Technical Data Sheets

View the most frequently requested Light management Technical Data Sheets (TDS) at the link below.

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