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The future of automotive safety is in sight


Enhancing automotive sensor performance for tomorrow’s vehicles

Self-driving cars, flying taxis, drone deliveries… It’s clear that we are in the midst of a global mobility transformation. It’s driven by the need to improve vehicle safety, reduce accidents on roadways, improve transportation efficiencies, and increase profitability with new mobility models. Technologies in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous driving (AD), and 5G connectivity – which enables vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications – are evolving to address these needs. And automotive sensors are at the center of it all. They will enable better situational awareness, improve control and make driving easier and safer. They can also be instrumental in achieving more efficient traffic flow, reducing commute times and helping to improve the safety of citizens.

3M can help you integrate, protect, and optimize sensors in your vehicles. And that’s just the start. With multiple technology platforms and deep automotive and electronics experience, we can help maximize performance of increasingly sophisticated camera, radar, LiDAR, and ultrasonic sensor systems in nearly any part of the vehicle. In short, we can help you meet the automotive sensor design challenges you face today and into the future.

Birdseye view of a car rendering of the different types of 3M driver monitoring automotive sensors.

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  • Solutions for Camera Sensors

    From parking assist to lane departure warning and driver monitoring systems, camera sensors will remain at the core of the automotive sensing and perception suite as the industry evolves from ADAS and active safety technologies to highly automated driving. 3M offers a wide range of solutions to integrate, protect and optimize camera systems and help you capture their full potential.

    Exploded view of a 3M automotive camera sensor

  • Solutions for Radar Sensors

    As the automotive industry works toward increased vehicle autonomy levels, radar sensors will be critical to enable key ADAS functionality such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. With long-range millimeter wave radar, these sensors are also an excellent complement to camera and LiDAR technologies and can help to unlock more automated driving possibilities. 3M solutions can help address key design challenges to ensure radar keeps performing as intended.

    Exploded view of a 3M automototive radar sensor.

  • Solutions for LiDAR Sensors

    LiDAR sensors when used with other sensing technologies provide redundancy for each sensing scenario. However, with its high resolution 3D mapping capabilities, LiDAR systems will take automated driving to the next level. These sensors are the most challenging in the sensor suite and solving for these challenges is essential to the successful deployment of autonomous vehicles.

    Exploded view of 3M's solutions for automotive LiDAR sensors.

  • Solutions for Ultrasonic Sensors

    Dependable and proven for short range, ultrasonic sensors require precise placement on the vehicle for optimal performance. 3M’s bonding and joining solutions can help to reliably and securely attach these sensors anywhere on the vehicle.

    • Ultrasonic sensors solutions from 3M

      Integration Solutions for Ultrasonic Sensors

      Our 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes have continually set the standard for permanent bonding to a wide range of vehicle surfaces. Today this technology is available as a reliable solution for bonding ultrasonic sensors in a wide range of locations to meet your vehicle design and production specifications – and to enable new designs for the road ahead.

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Advanced Materials Enabling 5G Connectivity and Autonomous Driving

In a 5G connected and autonomous driving world, vehicles will generate and process more data at higher speeds and frequencies. Sensors and other automotive electronics designs are smaller, higher-performing – and produce a lot more heat. Also, as signal transmission and frequencies increase, especially in the millimeter wave spectrum, the risk of signal loss intensifies. Managing these challenges will help improve automated driving systems performance and reliability for increased safety on the road. 3M offers a range of advanced materials to help improve dielectric properties and thermal conductivity. Added to automotive sensors and electronic components, these 3M solutions can help to simplify system designs and improve overall performance.

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