The explorer within us has as pushed the frontiers in the past centuries with the invention of various means of transportation. Both the transport of people and of products and raw materials make sure that the discoveries of today are within everyone’s reach. The car becomes more and more a working and living environment; it starts to communicate, from safe warning systems to autonomous self-navigating and self driving.
The innovation for all mobility aims for lightweight and strong materials, efficient production processes and energy saving, and the integration of functions, experience, and means of communication. Sustainability is starting to become increasingly important as well. The decrease in use of fossil fuels to compact, lightweight and affordable batteries, recyclable super strong composites and bioresins, new metal alloys, smart material combinations, indestructible plastics, and coatings to protect against weather influences are all examples of material innovations in this sector. Digital processes are also up and coming: from cheaper moulds to complex joints.