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The Sense-itive Side of Autonomous Vehicles

  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP07_07
Published July 01, 2019 by SAE International in United States
  • English

BASF is exploring how specific materials-and even paint colors and finishes-can improve the capabilities of AV sensors.

The sensing technologies needed for automated-driving vehicles are evolving as the industry moves toward high-level (SAE Level 4-5) automation. Sophisticated sensors already enable advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) features such as adaptive cruise control, park assist, lane-centering and others.

But in order to meet the needs of high-level and conditional autonomy, sensors themselves need a technology-assist. Materials-science specialist BASF is enhancing the understanding of what materials may aid the sensing equation.