Plastics bring solutions in car lighting, in the exterior for autonomous cars

Motherson uses injection molding, film, printing technologies, and painting and surface coating to incorporate light modules into large exterior parts like bumpers and dashboards, Timo Schwarz, chief technology officer at Motherson Innovations, told Plastics News.

“The integration of the light sources into the exterior parts is the key to a successful product,” says Schwarz. “Marelli’s in-depth knowledge of the legal requirements for lighting systems brings additional know-how to the partnership. … The very human, mutual understanding between the two companies makes this partnership a strong one. “

As part of the partnership, Marelli’s lighting division will focus on integrating vehicle lighting and sensors, according to a July 28 press release.

Marelli has applied a similar concept in its Smart Corner product that integrates autonomous driving sensors into vehicle headlights and taillights, Andrea Stella, senior vice president of research and development at Marelli Automotive Lighting, told Plastics News.

The illuminated body parts, which include displays, headlights and taillights or other parts, “rely on sophisticated electronics and are dependent on networking with the vehicle architecture,” said Stella.

“The successful interaction of all elements is the key to communication within the vehicle system, in which the electronics control the cameras and sensors, and is also crucial for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-everything communication,” said it is a networked system between the car, driver and environment.

“Marelli and Motherson have had a long and very successful partnership over many years. They formed a joint venture in 2008 to address the Indian outdoor lighting market,” said Stella. “Our product and technology know-how complements each other and makes it easier to merge body parts and exterior lighting.

“Our very similar customer portfolio enables us to remain a preferred partner for our customers,” she added. “It is always the satisfactory overall package that leads you to choose one potential partner over the other.”

The companies’ joint statement states that they want to play a crucial role in the coming technological and sustainable developments in lighting and plastics.

“In order to drive innovations together with our customers and to shape the future of mobility, not only the ability to optimally respond to their current needs is required, but above all the ability to anticipate upcoming developments and rising market trends”, Sylvain Dubois, CEO of Marelli’s Automotive Lighting Division said in the press release.

“We are sure that this new collaboration will be a solid step towards new strategic developments in the development of the automotive market,” said Dubois.

Marelli Automotive Lighting is a division of Marelli that develops external vehicle lighting systems and sensors for autonomous driving systems. SMRP BV (Motherson) designs and manufactures polymer modules, including cockpits, door panels, front and rear bumper modules and more for the automotive industry.

Marelli’s in-depth knowledge of the legal requirements for lighting systems brings additional know-how to the partnership. … The very human, mutual understanding between the two companies makes this a strong partnership. “

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