Application of Smart Textile Technology in Automotive Industry (Printed Electronics Europe 2009)

Mr Manfred Wagner, Research & Technology
Daimler, Germany
Apr 07, 2009.


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Presentation Summary

  • Smart Textile Technology has left the research labs and found first applications in medical, sportswear and safety products
  • New applications in the automotive industry seem to have potential and may give access to entirely new system approaches
  • In a BMBF-funded project (INSITEX) Daimler develops and evaluates new textile sensor approaches for driver monitoring and passive safety systems
  • Future car concepts, like e-drive for instance, will strongly require energy savings based on intelligent components, e.g. for heating purposes

Speaker Biography (Manfred Wagner)

Manfred Wagner studied solid state physics at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. 1980 he started in the research institute of AEG as a scientist, working on thin film technology with focus on amorphous silicon devices for AMLCD applications. Since 1989 he is engaged in research and predevelopment of Daimler AG, working on semiconductor topics (Si and SiC Technology) and automotive electronics, as powertrain electronics for electrical driven cars. For Smart Textiles, the focus is on automotive applications, as sensor systems for measuring physiological signals. As project leader of the BMBF-funded project INSITEX we are working together with partners of institutes and textile industry.

Company Profile (Daimler AG)

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