PPG's design chief talks about the future of painting at the Detroit Auto Show

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The popularity of paint colors changes all the time. Jane Harrington, director of the PPG design group, stopped by the Roadshow booth at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show to tell us what she's going to do in 2018.

According to the prevalence of oranges and reds, the shades of Copper are going to be the one to look at this year. Add the increasing popularity of transparent dyed coats that make these already bright tones look even deeper and richer in appearance. Blues are also growing in popularity with Ford and Subaru taking the crown for the nicer blue shades.

Jane Steve and the editor-in-chief of Roadshow also talk about PPG's research in the world of high-reflectivity paints for autonomous vehicles. She explains that there is some concern that lidar is not able to accurately read dark paint colors because of the way they absorb light and PPG hopes to combat that. PPG is also working on automotive camera lens coatings that will work to prevent dirt and insects from sticking to the lenses, thus reducing their effectiveness.

The future looks pretty bright in PPG, but Jane and Tim cover a lot more ground, so check your conversation in full.

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