ADAS sensors allow relaxed autonmous driving in the future

ADAS - Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Engineering plastics offer diverse solutions for all areas of sensor technology and autonomous driving


Increasing vehicle connectivity, new assistance functions to improve the safety of vehicle occupants and other road users, and the trend toward highly and fully automated driving are leading to the increasing use of so-called ADAS sensors (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). Depending on the degree of automation, more than 20 ADAS sensors can be installed in a vehicle for this purpose. The ADAS market is estimated to be worth $32 billion in 2023, with average annual growth rates of 17%*. Key components of these systems are sensors and their housings. And this is where our engineering plastics Pocan® and Durethan®  come into play. 


*Source: Statista

Essential components of these systems are sensors, with the help of which the vehicle's environment is fully monitored. The most relevant ADAS sensors according to the current state of the art

  • Radar-
  • Lidar-
  • Ultrasonic-
  • and camera-based sensors
For these sensors, a distinction is made between optical, acoustic and electromagnetic measurement principles. These have a significant influence on the choice of suitable materials.



Modern cars work with a variety of sensor systemsLANXESS
360 degree observation of vehicle environment by ADAS sensors

Sensors are becoming ever more powerful and at the same time more compact and cost-effective with increasingly diverse and demanding requirements. Our engineering plastics are used primarily for the housings and can thus demonstrate their strengths in terms of functional integration. The main requirements for sensor housing materials are as follows:

  • UV, hydrolysis and chemical resistance
  • Mechanically robust 
  • Laser markable and weldable
  • Low warpage
  • Low coefficient of thermal expansion


Requirements for automotive radar sensorsLANXESS
Technical and commercial requirements of ADAS sensors                                                                  
The picture of a radar sensor shows an example of the different components and the respective requirements for the materials.
Material requirements for sensor housings
Material requirements for automotive radar sensors
LANXESS has solutions for all your requirements. The extensive portfolio of our engineering plastics Durethan® and Pocan® has been successfully used for many decades in the field of electrics and electronics in vehicles and appliances. In addition, we are constantly developing our materials further - tailored to your requirements!
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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

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