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Andre Bendo + Scott Swain

BASF Color & Effects + BASF Coatings

Coatings Reflectivity and LiDAR Detectability


LiDAR adoption into ADAS and autonomous vehicles has driven coatings innovation to improve LiDAR reflectivity. However, reflectivity data from integrated sphere, bidirectional reflectance distribution function, and LiDAR measurement do not directly correlate. A practical method to measure the angular dependence of aspecular, near opposition angle, LiDAR reflectivity of coatings over a range of LiDAR wavelengths will be presented. Several minimum coating reflectance proposals will be evaluated in the context of how they impact color design, NIR functional pigment formulation, and application. Such implications highlight the need for value chain collaboration to optimize industry effort while influencing future regulatory standards.

Biography – Andre Bendo

Andre Bendo is a Senior Technical Industry Manager with BASF Colors & Effects. Based in North America, he has over 27 years of experience related to pigments and coating applications. Andre has gained an interesting perspective on pigments through a variety of positions in Research & Development, Quality, Production, Marketing, Business Development and Technical Service. Currently focused on Automotive grade pigments, he actively supports new Industry developments including Autonomous Vehicles. Andre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Biography – Scott Swain

Scott Swain is a Senior Technical Industry Manager with BASF Colors & Effects. He is based in Southfield, MI, and has over 33 years of experience in pigments and coating applications for the automotive industry. Scott’s areas of expertise include effect pigments, color design and microscopy. Recently, his focus has been on the development of test methods to characterize the performance of pigments and coating layers for use on Autonomous Vehicles. Scott earned his Master of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University.