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Spanish project examines conductive materials for intelligent transport

A project led by the Spanish Plastics Technology Centre (Aimplas) is looking into developing flexible electronics and lightweight plastic solutions for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to drive sustainable mobility in the future.

The study aims to develop flexible electronics based on lightweight electrically conductive materials such as printed conductive inks on flexible plastic sheets and conductive plastics that can be adapted to complex geometries, Aimplas said in a 9 Dec. release.

The partners will develop products such as flexible actuators and proximity sensors for a human-machine interface; capacitive sensors and slider sensors for integration in plastic parts; flexible sensors to detect driver fatigue and drowsiness; and thermoplastic and thermoset electrically conductive materials to control electronics with electromagnetic shielding from external interference.

“All this will contribute to the development of smarter, safer, lighter and more efficient vehicles that are more environmentally sustainable thanks to the reduction in fuel consumption and emissions,” Aimplas said in its statement.

The focus of the project will be on the automotive, aeronautics, navigation and rail industries, given their need for more lightweight solutions that consume less energy and provide greater interaction with users and passengers, as well as improved user safety.

In addition to Aimplas, other organisations and firms participating in the project include Avia automotive cluster, Faurecia, Industrias Alegre, Vicedo-Martí and ESB Sistemas.

Fecha Publicación: 10/12/2019

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