Photonics is transforming the way we move
The 30th Electric Vehicle Symposium in Stuttgart gathered mobility experts and companies from around the globe, who work on an emission-free and sustainable automotive future. The focus of the fair and congress was on electric battery/ fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure – however, smart mobility solutions were in the spotlight as well. Not least thanks to RespiceSME which promoted the manifold applications of photonics in automotive with a poster in the fair’s exhibition area dedicated to research and development.
The purpose of the poster was to highlight that photonics not only provides for sophisticated headlights, but is also of paramount importance to emerging applications such as autonomous driving. “A lot of technology in and outside of the car relies on photonics as enabling technology. Obstacle detection, for example, is based on cameras and image processing as well as laser-applications like LIDAR” says Paul Stefanut from the French Photonics Cluster OpticsValley (RespiceSME partner) who attended the fair to promote the project. “One is for sure: With light technologies further evolving, autonomous driving will soon become a reality. This is just a matter of time”, he adds.
RespiceSME, for one, works towards enabling the potential of photonics for smart mobility.
The project supports photonics SMEs to position their products on the automotive market, to pursue further research and to establish collaborations in this field. The RespiceSME Value Chain Analysis tool, for instance, helps SMEs to gain a better understanding of the “vehicle of the future” and of how to make most of development opportunities.
RespiceSME receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.