Innovation to meet the emerging autonomous revolution
As the automotive industry transforms vehicle designs to meet emerging mobility trends related to autonomous vehicles, PPG has continued to develop innovative offerings to meet the needs of this new world. This innovation is built on PPG's long history of providing paints and coatings to help automotive manufacturers that protect and beautify vehicles.
Additionally, through PPG Traffic Solutions, PPG is moving the world forward with innovative coatings applied to bridges, roadways and public infrastructure.
Advanced coatings for autonomous vehicles
With autonomous vehicles being one of the primary mobility trends, the industry expects greater needs for advanced coating technologies. For example, increased vehicle utilization by a broader number of passengers will demand higher durability and cleanliness of interior surfaces.
As well, interior surfaces will become increasingly SMART, thus requiring coatings to provide increased functionality. Coatings will therefore play an integral role in ensuring that the interiors are clean, functional, and can withstand repeated wear and tear.
Coatings for rethought vehicle interiors
The growth of electric vehicles has led many OEMs to rethink the way vehicles are designed. For example, paying closer attention to a vehicle’s interior, which need to be easier to clean, resistant to contaminants from previous occupants and have embedded technologies. PPG can deliver functional, conductive and tactile coatings for vehicle interiors that enhance the look, feel, comfort and utility of surfaces, including touchscreens.
For this need, PPG has transparent protective coatings, anti-fingerprint, anti-glare, anti-reflective coatings and soft-touch paints that can be combined into layered, "pre-stacked" solutions for reduced complexity and ease of application.
Optimizing coatings for LIDAR visibility
PPG is pioneering the development of paints and related coatings that will improve vehicle and infrastructure visibility to radar and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors used in autonomous driving systems. The company has designed coatings with enhanced LIDAR vehicle detection that enables improved visibility and reliability for dark colors or in challenging environmental conditions.