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A*STAR funds new automotive projects

Posted: 05 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive? R&D? communications? safety?

The Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is funding eight new projects under its Capabilities for Automotive Research (A*CAR) consortium, the agency reported. This brings the total value of the consortium's 10 research projects to $13.6 million. The projects are jointly selected with industry partners to tackle current challenges in the automotive industry.

Founded in 2008 with Bosch, Infineon Technologies and Dou Yee, the consortium is joined by eight new members: Toyota Tsusho, GP Batteries, Anshan Kingpowers Advanced Materials, ST Kinetics, Addvalue Technologies, CEI Contract Manufacturing and Infowave. With the aim of driving technology innovation in the automotive industry, the consortium forms value chains between automotive OEMs, system integrators, and local supporting industries via multiple modes of collaboration in the consortium framework. Members can participate in fully-funded pre-competitive core projects or through special projects which involve co-funded competitive research.

The key research focus areas of the consortium are car communications and safety; connected car and infotainment; precision engineering and materials; electronics; and electric vehicles.

Core research projects include:

Smart Beam Scanning for Dual Modes Vehicular Radar!roads will become safer with the development of this electronic beam-steering system. Aimed at providing a 360-degree sensing system, this project will help drivers/cars to avoid collision with other vehicles and humans, enable drivers to overtake other cars and change lanes safely, as well as park the cars neatly. By developing both hardware and software for millimeter-wave Short Range Radar (SRR) and Long Range Radar (LRR) in vehicles, this project will enhance the thrill of driving while keeping drivers safe.

High performance ternary polymer composite materials!cars of the future can be lighter yet stronger. This new, higher strength plastic material made of nanofiller can replace glass fibers used widely in cars today. Lighter cars will mean driving down fuel consumption, with a 10 percent reduction in weight bringing about an average savings in fuel of 6 percent.

Wear-resistant, heat reflective and self-cleaning material for automotive body!this is a new nanocomposite material with a multi-coating layer that is wear- and chemical-resistant and able to clean itself through photo-catalysis. It reflects heat from the cars to keep them cool, thus cutting energy consumption for car air-conditioning.

High performance, lead-free composite solders for harsh environment!in the light of increasing functional requirement and ever-stricter service requirement of automotive electronic components, a new generation of composite solders will be developed with superior performance to meet the harsh automotive environment. These will replace the tin-lead solders, extensively used in the automotive industry as interconnect materials, which pose serious environmental problems.

Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles!with EVs expected to hit Singapore's roads as early as next year, this revolutionary concept will provide ultimate convenience to EV owners and boost the adoption of this environmentally-friendly transportation. EV owners will no longer need to drive down to specific charging stations, as every parking lot can be made into a charging station using near-field RF communications.

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