Black Car Lidar Technology
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Improving Lidar                                                                              

Signal Response

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United States
Colors & Effects

Functional Pigments for Autonomous Environments

Lidar's detection challenge for black and dark colored objects

Traditional carbon black pigments strongly absorb near-infrared lidar signals used by autonomous vehicles for navigation. Low lidar signal return erodes object detection capability particularly for darker colored objects that contain higher levels of carbon black. Automotive coating formulations using NIR transparent or reflective functional black pigments deliver superior signal response thereby improving object detection as documented in this simple demonstration.

Hands with lidar beams

Managing the Physics of Autonomous Sensing

Optimizing coating response to visual, near-infrared, ultrasonic, and radio electromagnetic radiation requires an understanding of the physics involved. Learn how appropriate pigment selection and coating stack design can substantially improve autonomous vehicle signal response.

Colorful car coatings

Lidar-functional Production Colors are Achievable

In this case study, existing saturated red, dark blue, and metallic gray production colors are reformulated with functional blacks to dramatically increase Lidar reflectance and detectability. 

Black Car Lidar Technology

Functional Black Pigments

Black pigments are vital formulation tools but traditional carbon black pigments largely absorb Lidar's signal. Dark and black shades with good Lidar response are possible using functional black pigments. 

Autonomous Vehicle Color Trends

Functional styling inspiration

Our 2019 Color Presentation, "Pigments and Effects Driving Future Automotive Trends," features a range of autonomous functional stylings as inspiration for your future vehicle or infrastructure color designs. Make your next color stylings as innovative as these next generation vehicles.

Contact us for more information about creating attractive shades with functional pigments!