PPG creates partnership for autonomous vehicle research

PPG announced it will partner with a University of Michigan program to test coatings for autonomous vehicles.  The company (NYSE: PPG) will work with Mcity, a public-private partnership that operates a test facility for autonomous vehicles, connected-vehicle systems and related technologies, according to a news release.  PPG is developing coatings to improve functionality and enable broad deployment of autonomous vehicles. In the works are ones for exterior use that enhance vehicle visibility to radar and light detection and ranging, or LIDAR, systems, and easy-to-clean coatings to help prevent obstruction of sensors.