DSM in Automotive / transportation
Driving forces: The defining trends in automotive
There are approximately one billion cars on the road today – with an estimated 60 to 70 million more coming off global production lines each year.
All eyes are therefore on the automotive industry to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions - without compromising on the safety and comfort that drivers now demand.
Cutting carbon emissions
The quickest way to reduce CO2 emissions is to design cars that consume less fuel. This is no longer purely about respecting the planet and the growing wishes of its people.
Carbon emissions now have serious financial implications, from heavy fines to ‘green’ incentives – depending on where in the world you are. What can the industry do to tackle this challenge? Reduced weight, and increased electrification are some of the options…
Reduced carbon footprint
Carbon emissions are only part of sustainability challenge. The process of manufacturing the vehicles themselves is also under the microscope.
That means processes that are more efficient, create less waste and burn through less fuel and chemicals. Cradle-to-gate is gradually giving way to cradle-to-cradle approach – which means highly sustainable materials, products and processes.
The one aspect of vehicle design that must be right…is safety.
Passive systems like seatbelts and airbags are evolving all the time to be lighter, tougher and greener. Active safety systems - often integrated into the vehicle’s electronics and lighting - are moving us into a new era of safety that can best be described as ‘prevention rather than cure’.
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