OEM & Lieferant Ausgabe 2/2019 - OEM & Supplier 2/2019 by VEK Publishing

145 which translates into considerable investment savings. For the car of the future Another advantage of plastic is its permea- bility for electomagnetic waves, which would normally be blocked by conventional metal doors. This enables OEMs to position an- tennas or sensors anywhere in the door and seamlessly integrate features for automated driving, gesture control or anti-trap protec- tion, for instance. At the same time, they no longer need to cut out “slits” for sensors that must be concealed by trim. This perme- ability will become increasingly important in the future, when side doors open and close automatically for exceptionally convenient vehicle access. Then the sensors will need to offer reliable collision protection. Brose uses radar technology for this. The company is preparing the first series start of its sys- tem for power doors; production will begin in late 2019. Hidden lighting elements In addition to all this, the new door concept also offers new features with light, as trans- parent plastics are also used. This enables the integration of illuminated symbols or dy- namic panels that remain invisible when not in use. Small illuminated symbols can show buttons and switches for opening or lock- ing and unlocking doors, for instance. By the same token, large surface dynamic lighting elements enable drivers and passengers to communicate with the vehicle environment. They can indicate that the car is about to drive off or give another motorist the right of way, for example. Or they can display the battery status for car sharing fleets so that users can select an adequately charged car. Finally, the lighting elements provide vehicle manufacturers with a range of options for further developing their design language. From bold warning symbols to stylish nighttime driving lights – virtually anything is possible. Brose and Plastic Omnium will be introducing their collaborative door concept to the public at the 2019 International Motor Show (IAA). Series production of the first complete doors made of plastic could start in 2025. Brose Group www.brose.com Website Comprehensive integration options: Rear-view mirrors or cameras (1), air ducts (2) and illuminated elements (3) are realized directly in the hybrid door. Sensors can be placed anywhere and invisibly, for example the anti-trap strips (4), a collision protection radar (5) or control elements for handleless doors (6). Stephan Starost Director Test and System Integration Door Modules Brose Group Dr. Marcus Klopp Vice President Advanced Development Door Modules Brose Group Digital BusinessCards