As the fifth-largest stand-alone automotive show in the U.S., CES 2018 showcased the latest innovations in mobility. Covestro took this opportunity to see these trends and identify opportunities for collaboration with automotive manufacturers and designers.
CES transports visitors to the future of mobility
Fledgling Chinese automaker Byton made a splash at the show with the debut of its mid-size, electric autonomous concept vehicle. Key features of this smart vehicle include:
- A shared lounge experience and 49-inch-wide display console
- Rotating front seats that create a shared, interactive space for occupants
- Human-vehicle interaction technology such as voice recognition, touch control, biometric identification and hand-gesture control
- Integration of Amazon Alexa and Amazon collaboration on audio and video content
- Three facial recognition cameras used to unlock doors
Byton’s new vehicle integrates several automotive trends that Covestro experts have observed – many of which could benefit from the use of polycarbonate materials. For example, polycarbonate+acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (PC+ABS) blends can create high- and low-gloss surfaces and provide visual contrast in the interior. Additionally, polycarbonate can aid in the mass production of curved displays, offering needed impact safety and heat resistance. For compact headlamp systems, thermally conductive grades can be used to integrate electronic heat sinks into housing or reflectors – optimizing heat load and saving weight.
There was also a lot of interest in Toyota Motor Corp.’s alliance with key partners to develop advanced vehicle and mobility services. This alliance, called the e-Palette Alliance, will focus on the development of the company’s new e-Palette Concept Vehicle, which incorporates Automated Mobility as a Service (Autono-MaaS) applications. The e-Palette Concept Vehicle features an open interior design layout, allowing for purpose-built interiors designed for consumer needs. Covestro experts recognize the role polycarbonate materials could play in MaaS by addressing challenges in areas such as interior durability, connectivity, ambient lighting and design cues for differentiation.
Read more about how automotive and mobility trends led the way at CES: Plastics Engineering - February 2018
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