Materials make the difference for future mobility
Growing automotive trends, such as electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, connectivity and ridesharing, are transforming the way passengers get from point A to point B. At AutoMobili-D, held in conjunction with NAIAS, we highlighted our materials and technologies that are helping the automotive industry design today for the passengers of tomorrow.
Here, we transported attendees to the year 2030 through the Covestro Future of Mobility Virtual Reality (VR) experience. This autonomous vehicle journey allowed passengers to see how materials will play a critical role in designing future vehicle interiors. For example, picture yourself scheduling a shared ride vehicle for your commute to work. Inside, transparent polycarbonate gives you a 360-degree view of your surroundings, sound-dampening materials calm the city noises, polyurethane technologies create stylish, easy-to-clean floors and textile coatings keep fabrics looking good after repeated use.
Then, after a hectic work week, you embark on a weekend getaway to the beach using a subscription service to book the right vehicle for your travel needs. Polycarbonate glazing enables embedded infotainment functionality that the whole family can enjoy, while transparent materials and ambient lighting create a customized interior atmosphere for riders of all ages. Passengers can also relax on long journeys, knowing that polycarbonates used for battery packaging can help extend electric vehicle range. Don’t just take our word for it. Click here and see for yourself!
Celebrating top automotive designs
Covestro often works side-by-side with designers, and at NAIAS, we were excited to help recognize great automotive design. The EyesOn Design Awards are the officially sanctioned design awards of NAIAS. At the January 15 ceremony, we presented the Best Production Vehicle Award to the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500.