Automotive

Automotive applications

Coating performance datasheets are available to download at the bottom of this page.

Driver assistance systems demand new levels of performance and reliability, particularly where autonomous functionality is desired. Sensors supporting these autonomous functions must be able to recognise critical situations in all scenarios and be unaffected by light pollution that might cause blinding with potentially devastating consequences.

Vantablack coatings eliminate unwanted stray light and flare in automotive optical sensors and displays, maintaining system availability and reliability even in extreme lighting conditions.

Stray light modelling data is available in the ANSYS/OPTIS materials library at ANSYS

Head-Up Display

To enhance safety, virtual images projected by Head-up Displays (HUDs) must exhibit high Perceived Quality whatever the driving conditions. Eye strain caused by inadequate contrast or moving stray light artefacts must be eliminated to prevent the driver being tired, distracted or having the view of the road obscured. Vantablack applied to projection paths and internal baffles achieves these objectives without requiring any changes to the device’s design.

TOP: ANSYS stray light model showing HUD sunlight artefacts on the windscreen using standard stray light paints and flocks. Bottom image shows artefacts removed when our coatings are used.

Camera optical assemblies for the visible and near infrared spectrum

LiDAR Systems

Ouster LiDAR maps a BMW X6 coated in Vantablack VBx2 at the IAA2019 

 

Image: Ouster.io

Safety Camera Sun Shields

Vantablack VBx2

Headlamp Stray Light Control

Vantablack S-VIS and VBx2

Cameras

Automotive cameras have taken over multiple functions such as distance measuring, object recognition, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and many more. Faced with bright illumination from unwanted sources, images suffer from veiling and glare, effects well known from photography. Vantablack coatings applied to camera housings or glare shields virtually eliminates this sensor blinding, removing glare and pixel washout, leading to more accurate detection and safer systems.

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)

LiDAR sensors provide a high resolution map of the environment, working day and night to detect and identify objects. Bright sunlight and white surfaces often increase noise in Lidar systems, leading to reduced detection range and improper object recognition. Vantablack applied in LiDAR return optics and housings absorbs all incident light, considerably improving the overall daylight system performance.

Headlights

Modern matrix headlights incorporating millions of pixels that not only perfectly illuminate the road ahead, but also reduce glare for oncoming traffic and project symbols on the road to alert the driver to issues. This requires sophisticated headlight architectures with precise light-guiding and intensity management functions. Unwanted stray light and reflections overlay the primary signal leading to nonhomegeneity of the beam. Vantablack applied to critical areas eliminates these effects and is ideally suited for use as a light trap.

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Automotive

Vantablack VBx2 Automotive

Vantablack VBx2 Automotive

Automotive applications, automotive test results and general technical specifications

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Vantablack S-VIS Automotive

Vantablack S-VIS Automotive

Automotive applications, automotive test results and general technical specifications

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MSDS - Vantablack VBx2

MSDS - Vantablack VBx2

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MSDS - Vantablack S-VIS and S-IR

MSDS - Vantablack S-VIS and S-IR

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