Magna is reimagining the face and functionality of electric vehicle front ends with its new Mezzo Panel technology. The fully integrated Mezzo Panel offers a fresh canvas for designers and an opportunity for engineers to seamlessly integrate advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) capabilities like radar, cameras and lighting.
Magna Mezzo™ Panel is modernising the face of electric vehicles
“We can essentially hand designers and engineers a paint brush to create adaptations of current vehicle designs or start fresh on a blank, customizable surface to redefine brands for future electric and autonomous vehicles,” said Brian Krull, Global Director of Innovation for Magna’s Exteriors group.
The Magna Mezzo Panel features hidden-until-lit lighting, meaning the surface looks clean and smooth until lighting is activated, enabling creative and innovative lighting options. There is also space for animated lighting that communicates vehicle intent and status alerts. Active aerodynamic technology can also be added to improve vehicle range while also providing a futuristic look.
Future iterations of the technology may feature sustainable materials, such as environmentally friendly plastics, coatings and films, that would further automakers’ sustainability efforts. Those materials also allow for signal transmission, enabling seamless integration of ADAS sensors.
“The possibilities for Mezzo Panel are really endless,” added Krull. “We look forward to working with our customers to leverage this exciting technology as they work toward meeting their zero-emissions goals.”
Magna is a leading global automotive supplier with 348 manufacturing operations and 91 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. We have over 172,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.