The SURCAR project aims to develop new automotive components with advanced functional finishes. Within the project Promaut is involved in the development of technologies to create surface coatings on camera lenses that will replace the rear view mirrors in future vehicles.
The classic rear view mirrors have their days numbered with the arrival of video cameras with advanced functions such as night vision, or the detection of objects or pedestrians. For some years we have seen how many prototypes dispense with the typical rear-view mirrors by virtue of high-resolution cameras, although due to legislative problems they have not yet been commercialized on a large scale, but this may change very soon.
Currently, the US is mandatory to have two exterior and one interior rear-view mirrors, which must also meet certain characteristics, but in Europe the legislation allows the replacement of rear-view mirrors by video cameras. Therefore, in the short term, vehicles with cameras instead of rear-view mirrors can begin to be seen, especially considering that the US already has car manufacturers that are requesting a change in the regulations that allows the replacement of mirrors by cameras. .
As they are security elements, retro-vision cameras must meet specifications and solve certain problems such as: fogging, obstruction of vision by dirt or the effect of water on the lens in times of rain. This is where the SURCAR project wants to provide solutions to these problems by developing surface treatments for the lenses of these cameras.
Specifically, treatments are being developed to provide the lenses with oleophobic, hydrophobic and anti-fog characteristics. These treatments are based on chemical reactions on the surface of the lens with a product developed by Cromogenia, a company that participates in the project.
PROMAUT participates in the project designed a machine capable of carrying out these treatments in an industrial environment and advising participants on industrial safety regulations. To do this, it actively participates in all project phases to detect process requirements, propose solutions to process challenges and try to simplify the process to make it profitable.