Effect Pigments for Autonomous Vehicles

The concept of autonomous vehicles presents an immense challenge to the coating industry.  The vehicles use radar or lidar based sensors to convey the movement of other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians to the on-board computer. Conventional popular silver metallic coatings could reflect, reduce, or absorb the radar waves.

ECKART presents first concepts for radar permeable silver coatings. On the one hand, the new pigment combinations guarantee highly brilliant silver metallic shades with comparable hiding power to existing silver metallic colors while transmitting radar waves on the other. The concept can be matched with formulations and binders as well as with the vehicle design.