Bangkok, May 18, 2023 - ION Mobility, a tech and automotive OEM that launched its inaugural “Mobius” M1-S electric motorcycle at the Indonesia Motorcycle Show 2022 last November, today announced that it has selected Sharp as one of its key partners for the advanced 7-inch motorcycle Human-Machine Interface (HMI) that is equipped on its M1-S motorcycle.
ION selected Sharp’s next-generation 7-inch automotive-grade TFT LCD to serve as the display for its M1-S HMI. This display sports more than 200PPI resolution with 1000-nits brightness. Both Sharp and ION teams have collaborated closely since mid-2020 to tightly integrate Sharp’s TFT LCD into the rest of ION M1-S HMI to serve as the nexus of all vehicle and ride information. This was achieved by binding Sharp’s TFT LCD to a robust automotive-grade cover glass via a custom optical bonding process, in order to deliver the best anti-glare and overhead-sun screen experience befitting of ION M1-S premium product and customer experience.
ION CEO James Chan said, “My team and I are thankful for the tremendous support that we have received from Ajit and his team at Sharp Singapore Electronics Corporation since embarking on our full-stack, end-to-end journey to design, engineer and manufacture our M1-S electric motorcycle. The M1-S HMI - powered by Sharp’s TFT LCD - is a testament to both our teams’ dedication towards innovation amidst challenging times over a 2-year period when business travel was impossible, supply chains were constrained, and we had to engage in remote work to prototype and optimise high-quality and manufacturable hardware.”
Sharp Singapore’s Executive Vice President, Dr. Ajit Aras, had this to say, “It has been an absolute delight working closely with Ion Mobility’s innovative team to push the boundaries of user experience on electric mobility. James’ enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our environment through mobility is inspiring. I look forward to supporting James & Ion Mobility team with Sharp’s Automotive Technologies to expand their green mission in Indonesia, Southeast Asia and beyond.”
As part of the collaboration, the ION M1-S HMI will be on display at Sharp’s booth MD38 at the ongoing Future Mobility Asia 2023 in Bangkok.
About ION Mobility
ION Mobility is a tech and automotive OEM on a mission to create and deliver aspirational and sustainable mobility and energy solutions for everyone. We are committed to creating great products and seamless user experiences for our customers. Our products combine advanced hardware and software technology with human-centred design to deliver smart electric motorbikes and energy charging and storage solutions that are for everyone to use. Our vision is to be Southeast Asia’s top technology company leading our region’s transition towards a low-carbon economy across Southeast Asia, starting with the ION M1-S. For more information, please visit www.ionmobility.com and ionmobility.substack.com.
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