Driving Future Mobility

The automotive industry is in the midst of radical change. Disruptive technologies such as autonomous driving, connected cars, electromobility and new mobility concepts, for example car sharing and ride hailing, all create new challenges for our developers and designers.


"Think of a driverless sleeping capsule bringing you from Hamburg to Munich overnight, or a lounge cabin arranging a day trip in Shanghai for you and chauffeuring you to local tourist attractions in a most relaxing way. New mobility concepts combined with autonomous driving will disrupt our ways of moving from A to B, just like smartphones changed our way of communication. It is a pleasure for us to help shape this exciting future with our product and service solutions."

Weiran Lu, Strategy Development

BASF provides paint systems with higher transparency for radar waves in order to increase the accuracy and transmission of radar signals and higher reflectivity for LiDAR sensors without affecting the look. Both are crucial for advanced driver assistance systems and – in the future – autonomous driving.

Autonomous self driving electric car change the lane and overtakes city vehicle; Shutterstock ID 1121978573; Jobnummer: 19298; Projekt: Präsentation/Intranet; Endkunde: BASF SE, ESI/K Markus Jaeger; Sonstiges: BASF SE, ESI/K

BASF’s Raylution™ basecoats and primers are based on a deep understanding of coating effects on sensor performance

  • Raylution™ basecoats and primers adapt to meet the specific requirements of each customer, including bumper substrate or coatings
  • RaylutionTM basecoat system promotes maximum radar transmission and minimum radar reflection
  • Raylution™ basecoats and primers increase lidar reflectance of dark colors at 905 nm and 1550 nm
  • Near infrared (NIR) transparent basecoats in combination with a NIR reflecting primer layer or NIR scattering pigments in the basecoat layer reflect LiDAR beams  
  • OEMs can keep the complete spectrum in a wide range of colors in their exterior program – including dark colors

Virtual color solution AUROOM®

LiDAR sensors do not “see” like humans. A car painted with a bright silver color could be less visible to LiDAR than one in solid dark blue. With BASF's colorimetric know-how and our unique virtual color solution AUROOM®, we can help simulate and visualize the LiDAR reflectivity of coatings without actually painting a car. 
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Centripetal Blue
AUROOM® simulated LiDAR reflectivity (i.e. visibility) of a car body painted with conventional coatings and BASF RaylutionTM Centripetal Blue.
AUROOM® simulated LiDAR reflectivity (i.e. visibility) of a car body painted with conventional coatings and BASF RaylutionTM Centripetal Blue.

With our OxsilanOxsilan® Thin-FilmTechnology and our CathoGuard® e-coats we protect multi-metal car bodies, battery boxes and charging piles against corrosion.



The Oxsilan® technology is an eco-friendly and multi-metal pretreatment process. The innovative technology is used likewise for the appliance industry as well as pretreatment for premium car bodies.


With CathoGuard® technologies, we provide a tailored product portfolio of automotive e-coat solutions. It covers products for car bodies as well as all metal parts including wheels, axles or chassis components.

BASF's new virtual car

From engineering plastics and coatings to cathode materials, fuels and lubricants and more, this new interactive tool presents BASF’s broad portfolio of automotive solutions to help customers continue to innovate and drive the mobility industry forward.