There are many ideas for the car of the future. Not only alternative propulsion methods, but also future-oriented visions such as digital networking and autonomous driving are already in focus. The goal is to make roads freer, the air cleaner and, above all, fewer accidents. Comfort is at the forefront. But the future of the automobile also lies in the changes in the implementation of high-tech materials. These can occur both inside and outside the vehicle. The car of the future should set new standards in terms of functionality and aesthetics. The merck company in darmstadt also presented a concept car. In this study, the Group showed which materials and innovations are being worked on and researched in darmstadt and around the world.
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The car of the future | a wide range of possibilities for the exterior
For a long time now, merck has been strongly represented on the market with effect pigments for automotive coatings. As the market and innovation leader for the automotive industry, you have long since established yourself. Merck has come up with a number of ideas for the further development of the automobile. For example, liquid crystals are to enable intelligent lighting. As a result, the front headlights could have a higher resolution and adapt to any conceivable situation. There are also innovations in the field of coatings. Polysilazanes and anti-scratch additives could make the surface more resistant to heat, dirt or acid.
In addition, organic photovoltaics could be integrated in the sunroof or on the dashboard of the car. Both natural and artificial light can be used to improve energy supply. The printable photovoltaic cells provide an aesthetic energy supply and allow a contribution to CO2 reduction. Another innovation is liquid crystal windows for switchable panoramic roofs. These special windows can be changed in seconds and steplessly in their light permeability. As switchable sunroofs, they can complement the car of the future. Liquid crystals can also be used for satellite antennas. These antennas are very small and thin and can help turn a car into a networked communications vehicle.
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The future of a car’s interior also has potential
Organic light-emitting diodes (oleds for short) are regarded as the technology of the future. Oleds enable high contrasts, brilliant colors and razor-sharp images from every viewing angle. Such displays can be very thin and even transparent, offering new design possibilities indoors. not only the oleds are on the advance for some time, also flexibly formable displays already exist as prototypes. This allows displays to be integrated into dashboards, doors or seats. The shape can be freely designed and seamlessly fit into a variety of environments. This is made possible by very thin glasses or plastics. merck is also developing high performance sensors and semiconductors for the further development of assisted driving and self-driving cars. To enable autonomous driving, many technical devices are needed on board. Merck is in constant exchange with automotive manufacturers to work on these and many other innovative solutions for the car of the future.