Stand out with seamless design

Autonomous drive mode illustration courtesy of © HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co

HELLA and Covestro not only redesigned the rear of the concept car, but the front, as well, incorporating a new aesthetic trend: smooth, seamless surfaces with integrated lighting elements. The result is a signature brand look, made possible with Covestro polycarbonate.

In an innovative blend of form and function, the car’s sensors, antennas, light and signal elements are integrated into the polycarbonate body, creating a sleek, seamless look, and opening up entirely new possibilities for using light as a design element.

Of course, seamless design has implications that go beyond aesthetics. The less drag a vehicle creates, the less energy it consumes or – in the case of electric cars – the greater their range. Utilizing lightweight polycarbonate contributes to substantial weight savings compared to steel and glass, and further lowering energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Safety is another key benefit of seamless design. Integrated sensors, antennas and lighting components help the car see and be seen. The polycarbonate protects the integrated components and provides for good signal reception, particularly for Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) used in modern-range finding systems for autonomous driving.

For more information, email us: plastics@covestro.com

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