Singapore – A consortium of auto suppliers in Singapore has committed to ten research projects that include wireless electric vehicle charging, car communications and lightweight materials.
Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will fund eight of the new projects under its Capabilities for Automotive Research (A*CAR) consortium. The projects are jointly selected with industry partners to tackle current challenges in the automotive industry.
The projects include:
– Smart beam scanning, a 360-degree sensing system that helps drivers avoid collisions with other vehicles and humans, enables drivers to overtake other cars and change lanes safely, and to park the cars neatly.
– High performance ternary polymer composite material, a high-strength plastic that can replace fiberglass.
– Wear-resistant, heat-reflective and self-cleaning nancomposite materials for body panels.
– High-performance, lead-free composite solders for harsh environments that will replace tin-lead solders.
– Wireless charging for electric vehicles. The revolutionary concept would enable every parking lot to be turned into a charging station using near-field radio frequency communications for recharging, eliminating the need for drivers to go to specific charging stations.