Automotive & Transportation

Automated Driving – How can we take our travel experience to the next level? 

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The development of Automated Driving is surrounded by urgent questions of the industry. With our broad know-how and expert network, we are a competent partner. We offer highly performing engineering plastics and coatings that meet the requirements of Automated Driving already today. 

Megatrends in the automotive industry are facing new challenges for the materials used, yet at the same time opening up new opportunities. Electromobility and autonomous driving are set to revolutionize cars and put established vehicle concepts to the test. Modern vehicles already rely heavily on material solutions from the chemicals industry; however, in future, chemistry will play an even greater role, making a significant contribution to solving tomorrow’s mobility challenges. With high-performance plastics BASF is already supporting these trends and is offering innovative solutions.

What you can expect from us as strong partner for Automated Driving solutions:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the market

  • Access to broad expert network and know-how

  • Holistic material and system approach

  • Value adding simulation tools

  • Tangible ideation environment

Explore here our solutions for Automated Driving applications:

Our solutions for Automated Driving

Performance materials for sensor components

With Ultradur® RX, BASF has now developed a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) specifically for radar sensor applications in vehicles. The different product grades of the new Ultradur® RX series are materials designed for absorption and reduction of interference radiation in the range of 76 to 81 GHz. Thanks to its good resistance against media such as splash water, oils or salt, Ultradur® offers an exceptional protection for sensor housings. In addition, the new material shields the sensitive electronics in the housings against disturbing electromagnetic waves from other vehicles.

Ultradur® for radar applications​

Improving the performance of radar sensors

BASF expands portfolio of hydrolysis-resistant polyesters

Ultradur® & Ultramid® hydrolysis-resistant grades​

Extending the lifetime of sensors under humid conditions ​

Coatings for the car body

Autonomous self driving electric car change the lane and overtakes city vehicle; Shutterstock ID 1121978573; Jobnummer: 19298; Projekt: Präsentation/Intranet; Endkunde: BASF SE, ESI/K Markus Jaeger; Sonstiges: BASF SE, ESI/K

Raylution™ basecoats & primers for radar transparency​ and Lidar reflectance

How do we enable integrated sensors to see through coatings?

How do we enable dark colors to be seen by Lidar sensors?

Powertrain & chassis


Hydraulan® 406 ESI brake fluid​

Premium Safety for Automated Vehicles​

Lagerungen aus Cellasto® für Fahrzeugantriebe bieten herausragende NVH-Eigenschaften bei geringem Gewicht und hoher Lebensdauer / Cellasto® mounts for vehicle powertrains offering outstanding NVH performances with low weight and high durability

Cellasto® for NVH

Cellasto®  products reduce noise and vibration for making travelling even more comfortable​

Drive digitalization



How do we visualize automotive exterior colors?​

Die Entwicklungsingenieure Rie Kaneko und Torsten Hensel besprechen anhand eines Querschnittmodells den Aufbau des Leichtbau-Komfortsitzes. Mit Hilfe der eingesetzten E-Textile-Technologie kann die Sitzheizung direkt in Textilen und somit nahe am Körper angebracht werden. Elastoflex®-Weichschaumstoffe in den Sitzflächen sparen bis zu 20 Prozent Gewicht und bieten gleichzeitig ergonomische Vorteile durch verschiedene Härtezonen.
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Development engineers Rie Kaneko and Torsten Hensel discuss the structure of the lightweight comfort seat using a cross-section model. By means of the e-textile technology used, the seat heating can be directly embedded in the textile and is thus close to the body. Elastoflex® flexible foams in the sitting areas save up to 20 percent weight and at the same time provide ergonomic advantages by means of various hardness zones.
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Value adding simulation ​tools for predictive failure analysis​

The Creation Center serves as a door-opener to the world of BASF’s Performance Materials. It offers a variety of competencies, such as the design and material expertise of the designfabrik® and the simulation competence of Ultrasim®. In brainstorming and material consulting workshops, designers, engineers and developers integrate customers into the product development cycle early on to make sure that they are on equal footing. Moreover, the Creation Center is fully packed with newest technologies - for better and faster innovation. From design development and simulation to advanced prototyping support – from inspiration to solution in one place. There are four Creation Centers worldwide: in Yokohama, Shanghai, Mumbai and Ludwigshafen.

Creation Center

Connecting the material with the virtual world

Automated Driving

SAE levels of driver assistance

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