May 3, 2010
The EADS Technology Licensing initiative is offering a full range of advanced capabilities for the automotive industry – from driver assistance systems and advanced materials to technologies that improve fuel consumption, increase security and enhance human/machine interface.
More than 300 EADS patent families are relevant to the automotive sector, which is one of the strategic domains for the company’s technology licensing marketing strategy in 2010.
A number of EADS technologies are of potential interest to vehicle manufacturers, including tools and methods to enhance production (Photo: Taneli Rajala).
“As a leading innovator in aerospace and defence, many of the technologies we have developed can be applied for the more efficient production and operation of cars, trucks and other vehicles,” explained Dr. Peter Westphal, the Senior Manager of intellectual property exploitation in EADS’ Chief Technical Office. “With the automotive industry being one of our main technology licensing marketing goals this year, we are now increasing our contacts with the players in this sector.”
EADS technologies that are of potential interest to vehicle manufacturers include:
- Technologies for driver assistance systems – such as automatic track recognition, parking assistance and obstacle warning,
- Technologies capable of reducing vibration and noise, including active systems and structures for sound absorption,
- Technologies to improve fuel consumption, security, communications, human/machine interface, interior comfort and ride qualities, as well as predictive maintenance,
- Devices, materials and methods applicable to structures, drives and electronics – such as piezoelectric actuators, composite materials, metal alloys and metal coatings, and,
- Tools and production methods, from the friction stir welding process to machine tools, computer-aided design and more “green” manufacturing procedures.