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Coatings and Sealants Manufacturers Will Help to Prepare for the Rise of Autonomous Vehicles

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Automakers are racing to create a future in which driverless cars will rule the roads, but despite progress which indicates the inevitability of this development, city planners are not incorporating it into their infrastructure plans. The pressing question is just who should be responsible for creating smart infrastructure that includes standing structures that will be easily identifiable to an autonomous car’s sensors.


Federal, state and local governments are already struggling to maintain existing infrastructure with highways badly in need of repair. This indicates shortfalls in funding – but further funding will be needed to convert infrastructure into smart infrastructure.


Just as the rise of the automobile led to the construction of roads and highways that could accommodate the new mode of transport, so modern infrastructure must change with the times. Cooperation and standardization will be the order of the day, and both government and private enterprise will need to be innovative.


Coatings manufacturers will have an important role to play thanks to their long-standing relationships with OEMs. For example, coatings and paints will need to have infrared light reflecting properties to optimize detection of objects by electronic sensors. Current coatings in darker shades still absorb too much infrared light, making them more difficult to detect. Coatings and sealants will also protect the sensors and their related electronics. For example, they will be needed for sealing sensor covers and lenses to protect them from dirt and moisture.


Our cars are changing, and materials and infrastructure must change with them,creating new opportunities for innovative sealants and coatings that will facilitate a smooth transition to driverless transportation.


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