Autoliv is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive safety equipment and is also looking into expanding to the protective wear segment. The growing popularity of carsharing and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for antipathogenic components in vehicle interiors. Moreover, there is a growing demand for protective wear with antipathogenic features. As a result, Autoliv seeks new ways to make steering wheels, seat belt components, and hip protector equipment antipathogenic without compromising high performance or safety requirements.

Opportunity overview

Autoliv already produces steering wheels with antibacterial surfaces but would like to explore resistance to other pathogens and expand to different product segments. The aim is to find novel solutions to help make hip protectors, steering wheels, seatbelt plastics, and textile components antipathogenic. This includes resistance against bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. We are open to new materials, coatings, or surface treatment methods as long as product safety and component requirements are not compromised. Solutions like surface treatments that need to be occasionally reapplied could also be considered.

The emerging product category of hip protectors could be a viable first application for the solution due to their price insensitivity, less demanding performance requirements, and lower production volumes. Steering wheels are likely to make a more lucrative business case for car interior solutions, as end customers are willing to pay for premium features. Seatbelt components are also an exciting avenue to be explored, though their price sensitivity and production volumes are considerably higher.

Your opportunity with Autoliv

Autoliv is looking for development partners who can complement Autoliv’s deep topical expertise with novel solutions to help make mobility safety equipment antipathogenic. Being the market leader in automotive safety equipment, Autoliv can support a successful provider in reaching all significant OEMs and open the door for various other use cases in the safety product realm.

Autoliv is open to exploring different modes of collaboration, including but not restricted to co-commercialization of research, technology licensing, and delivery of a working, scalable solution. We can also support selling a re-applicable aftermarket solution.

The business potential for a successful solution is vast as the yearly production volumes range from tens of thousands of units in hip protectors to tens of millions in steering wheels and seatbelts.

Examples we're looking for

Hip protectors

An antipathogenic treatment method for the material carrying the hip protection device.

Antiviral steering wheel coating

A novel surface coating for steering wheels that makes them naturally antiviral without compromising safety or functionality.

Antipathogenic seat belt component materials

A novel material for seatbelt plastic and textile components that is antipathogenic can meet safety requirements and is cost-efficient in large-volume use.

Autoliv is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems. Through their group companies, they develop, manufacture, and market protective systems, such as airbags, seatbelts, and steering wheels, for all major automotive manufacturers in the world as well as mobility safety solutions, such as pedestrian protection, connected safety services and safety solutions for riders of powered two-wheelers.Autoliv challenges and re-defines the standards of mobility safety to sustainably deliver leading solutions. In 2022, Autoliv products saved close to 35,000 lives and reduced more than 450,000 injuries. Their close to 70,000 associates in 27 countries are passionate about our vision of Saving More Lives and quality is at the heart of everything we do. We drive innovation, research, and development at our 14 technical centers, with their 20 test tracks.

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