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VW’s ID. ROOMZZ concept car: Monolithic chassis and light design in one.
VW’s ID. ROOMZZ concept car: Monolithic chassis and light design in one.
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As the manufacturer of PLEXIGLAS molding compounds, Röhm GmbH is an experienced partner to the automotive industry, in particular when it comes to vehicle lighting solutions.

This is also the case for the futuristic ID. ROOMZZ concept car from Volkswagen, in which light is an important design element in both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

Volkswagen’s ID. ROOMZZ is turning a vision of the new mobility into a reality. The spacious mid-sized SUV is the latest addition to the ID. family of electric vehicles produced by the German car manufacturer and can be driven either in manual or autonomous “ID. Pilot” mode.

ID. ROOMZZ is set to be released in China as early as 2021 and will then go into series production worldwide.

“Light design will become ever more important in electric and autonomously driven vehicles: Light signals are evolving into information carriers. In addition, light in the vehicle interior conveys a new driving experience in the new era of mobility,” commented Siamak Djafarian, Head of the Molding Compounds business unit at Röhm GmbH.

The front lights and taillights both extend across the entire width of the vehicle as horizontal lines. Illuminated touch-sensitive panels for opening and closing the doors function as a visual link between the front and rear of the car – and were made using PLEXIGLAS Satinice covers for the concept car. This material scatters light homogeneously and provides a pleasant look and feel with its satin-like surface.

Djafarian explained: “Complex light concepts such as this one allow PLEXIGLAS to unleash its full potential, as it can be used for various lighting applications in and around the automobile, guarantees the homogeneous scattering of light and enables flexible design that underlines the monolithic overall impression.”

On the ID. ROOMZZ, for instance, the brand polymethyl methacrylate from Röhm can be found in the two horizontal LED lines. The covers of the daytime running lamps and the illuminated VW emblems on both the front and rear were made from PLEXIGLAS with an optical coating, which makes them appear even brighter.

For the first time, Volkswagen is presenting a concept car with a signature taillight that can be customized using a smartphone app.

PLEXIGLAS covers are ideal for such large, monolithic vehicle lighting components, as they are completely colorless in their initial form and can therefore take on every standardized signal color.

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