Get Ready for a New Era of Automotive

Which trends and technologies will have the greatest impact on the automotive industry in the coming year?

What new market scenarios will emerge from the socio-economic context that is still in a phase of profound evolution following the pandemic emergency?

BeforeHand research could help answer some key issues within:

• The transition towards an increasingly sustainable mobility;

• The adoption of new technologies and connectivity systems on board vehicles.

BeforeHand investigates novel devices to enhance the automation capabilities of advanced driver assistance systems to safely enter the journey to self driving cars.

This will change profoundly the way we travel!




 logo green 640x480It aims at establishing the foundations of a new technology, suitable for the implementation in networks of Electronic Smart Systems (ESS) exploiting the capability of phase-change materials (PCMs) to process and store data in the very same physical place, with particular focus on automotive applications.

The ESS of the future should be able to sense its environment, locally store and process the information, as well as communicate with other objects in a network. Within our project the realization of processing/storage devices will be achieved through the development of new material combinations, made out of phase change materials (PCM), with the best material trade-off benchmarked for automotive applications.

We will make use of a test vehicle to allow the comparison among different materials. After successful evaluation of the best material combination, a demonstrator with processing/storage ability will be implemented.

At the end of the project a full evaluation of the demonstrator will be performed. Furthermore, integration in an embedded chip environment for automotive application, as well as scalability and reliability issues, will be evaluated. The results are going to be made public and used to plan the first chip with embedded state of the art technology to be implemented in the automotive sector, with an expected direct impact on the Internet of Things (IoT) market.