Pioneers in cars were also pioneers in aeroplanes, so it is not surprising that car design and manufacture have always benefited from the aerospace industry.
Several of the technologies used in the design and manufacture of modern cars and trucks come from materials and systems that were developed for applications in space and are being used to improve not only their cost and performance but also their comfort and safety. If you take the time to check what in your car is coming from space technology, you would probably be surprised – airbags, carbon brakes, navigation systems, vibration damping, insulation, cooling systems and many more.
Furthermore, one of our major concerns has become the protection of the Earth’s environment, and so cleaner fuels and solar energy used to power satellites are already starting to power cars and buses.
The successful spin-offs described below will help you find out just how the European space industry is having an increasing impact on car design and manufacture for your convenience and safety.