BASF invents new material to protect car sensors and radars

By ETX STUDIO | 29 November 2020

FRANKFURT: German chemistry giant BASF has developed a new way to protect car sensors. This new material withstands extreme weather conditions but also electromagnetic waves coming from other vehicles.

This innovative material, called Ultradur RX, is a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).

It withstands water, oil and salt projections and was designed specifically for radar sensor applications in cars. Ultradur RX properties also protect the sensitive electronics inside vehicles from interfering electromagnetic waves. The car's radar signals thus remain 100% reliable.

BASF said the ultra-resistant material is suitable to be used as the rear cover of a sensor housing or as an insert behind the printed circuit board (PCB).

The material will soon be used in vehicles produced by car manufacturers who have partnered with BASF.