InnovationLab shows automotive printed electronics at CES
Automotive environments and printed electronics – until now, this did not seem to be an obvious combination. Uncertainties regarding reliability, mechanical resilience and service life made OEMs and suppliers hesitate. InnovationLab, an expert in this technology, wants to prove at CES that printed electronics can meet all these requirements.
Heidelberg, Germany, based InnovationLab will be showing its portfolio of printed and organic electronics, with a focus on sensors in automotive applications. At the expo, InnovationLab has two automotive demos at its booth. Firstly, visitors can see a car seat developed with renowned seat manufacturer Recaro Automotive GmbH, showing how pressure sensor foils can detect an occupant. This information can then be used by the car for driver assistance and safety systems, such as seat-belt reminders and airbag de-activation if a child seat is detected.
The second demo shows an innovative battery monitoring solution. Printed sensor foils are ultra-thin, enabling them to fit between individual battery cells, and thus gather detailed pressure and temperature data. This cell-level information delivers valuable insights into battery state of health and performance, helping R&D teams to improve their battery designs, including extending range for electric vehicles.
“Printed sensors have a wide range of automotive applications, including safety, comfort and adding new functions for drivers,” said Luat Nguyen, Managing Director at InnovationLab. “Our light, flexible sensors save weight and space in vehicles, and InnovationLab provides support from consulting through to volume production.”
At CES, InnovationLab also plans to demonstrate multiple further applications for its printed electronics sensors, including examples of smart textiles that include sensors and printed sensors for the retail and logistics industries, including a smart carpet for social distancing in stores. And, by the way, InnovationLab X will definitely be present at the fair, despite the recently announced Corona-related restrictions on the part of the fair management, as a spokeswoman assured.