Polycarbonate based functional materials adds to new vehicle concept ‘Autonomous Driving’

polycarbonate_material_emobilityNew technologies from the electrical and electronics industry are adding new dimensions to mobility worldwide. Completely new vehicle concepts and technologies are now developed in the areas such as autonomous driving, connectivity, and electrification. Polycarbonate based functional plastic solutions are helping in ensuring economic, safe and individual integration.

Dr. Eckhard Wenz, the car expert from Covestro, commented about new plastic concepts for vehicles, “The value chains face enormous challenges. Most of the future functionalities are derived from the electrical and electronics industry, whether it is about electric drive or battery technology, sensor technology, connectivity or artificial intelligence.”

Electrical/electronics and automotive industries have used polycarbonate for many years in innovative applications due to their outstanding properties and can also serve as a key material for the new mobility.
Covestro has developed new concepts based on polycarbonate in the integration of lighting and sensor technology, automotive glazing, a functional and individually designed interior, and the powertrain for electric vehicles.

The seamless glazing of injection-molded elements and the integration of vitreous body parts are examples in this area. Polycarbonate combines design freedom and functionality with the safety of passengers and other road users. Seamlessly integrated LED lighting concepts and front elements that are permeable to infrared radiation from LiDAR sensors also contribute to this.

Good thermal insulation characteristics of polycarbonate ensure effective thermal management in car interiors. The air conditioning system consumes less energy when heating and cooling, which leads to a longer range of electric cars. Optical and haptic material properties play an important part in car interiors. Covestro has a broad cross-section of its material solutions for future mobility. One can see and touch to feel the fascinating characteristics offered by modern plastics.

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