Innovative sensors save costs, improve safety and boost battery life in vehicles
Heidelberg, Germany – August 31, 2021 – InnovationLab, the expert in printed electronics "from lab to fab", will be exhibiting at IAA Mobility, the world’s largest mobility event, in Munich from September 7th to 12th. InnovationLab will be showing its portfolio of printed and organic electronics at Hall A2, booth C21, with a focus on sensors.
The company’s printed sensors provide a lightweight, flexible and cost-effective solution for many automotive applications. The sensors are ultra-thin, enabling them to be used where other components would be too thick. Available sensors include touch, pressure, temperature and humidity, as well as flat heating and lighting elements.
“Printed electronics are a natural fit for many uses in today’s vehicles, including smart baby seats, heated seats, battery health monitoring, and human machine interfaces (HMI)," said Luat Nguyen, Managing Director at InnovationLab. "For car makers and Tier 1s looking to reduce costs, add features, and differentiate their designs, printed electronics can provide the new approach they’re looking for.”
In electric vehicles (EVs), printed pressure sensors can help improve battery capacity and lifetime (by up to 40%), by measuring pressure changes of the battery cells during charge and discharge. Printed temperature sensors on each battery cell can also detect any problems and prevent overheating,or automatically react to changing environment conditions
Printed sensors in seats can improve automotive safety, by measuring the pressure distribution on the seat and thus determining if a person is present. This information can be used to automatically activate or deactivate an airbag, as well as sounding an alert if a child has been left alone in their car seat.
For HMIs in the vehicle cabin, printed sensors can provide an ergonomic, easy to use solution, including buttons, sliders and many other shapes.