NanoSteel and Mobility
The future of automotive is dependent on new advanced technologies
Vehicle connectivity started out as a modest idea – to provide drivers with navigation assistance and emergency services, such as found in GM’s original ‘On Star’ product. Over time, the idea expanded to include other in-vehicle technologies like Wi-Fi connectivity and live traffic updates, and has evolved even further recently with new blind spot alerts and lane departure warnings. Connectivity isn’t just about adding new car features however; it has also changed how we think about car ownership, bringing us vehicle sharing services from ZipCar to Uber.
It is not difficult to imagine a near future where personal transportation transitions from individual ownership to mobility services, placing large pressure on automakers to identify and acquire the enabling technologies. To foster this future, automakers must integrate new vehicle design, safety, and connectivity features with competing requirements, such as fuel economy, passenger comfort and affordability. All of these new technical features add to the space and weight requirements of the vehicle, making fuel economy targets more challenging and maintaining cabin space more difficult. New materials can help automakers address the tradeoffs.
NanoSteel AHSS is foundational to this design strategy, providing advanced high strength steel with significant net lightweighting impact designed to make getting from point A to point B both enjoyable and affordable.