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Top 10 Innovative Automotive Lighting Technologies in the World!

Published by admin April 09,2022

In recent years, with the improvement of the national living standard, the domestic per capita car ownership has also increased. In such a hot state of society, the high quality development of domestic automotive lighting industry has become one of the people's livelihood hot spots.

Although compared with the past, the domestic automotive lighting industry is gradually improving the content of science and technology, can be in the huge per capita car volume, can meet the public health of the car lighting, safety, directivity and other functional needs, is still unknown.

To this end, China lighting network hopes to provide scientific and technological reference value for the development of domestic automobile lighting industry by showing the innovative technology of automobile lighting made by ten global lighting and automobile production enterprises in the past six months.

New Polar Daylight LED Car Headlamp

In February of this year, Philips introduced the new Polar Daylight LED headlights.

The product is positioned as a safeBeam safety light technology. Its spectrum meets the CIE definition in ECE R128. While accurately casting lights in the vehicle, it can also emit 5800K bright white light, providing up to 250% brightness on the road, providing safe lighting for drivers without causing glare to other pedestrians and passengers. Reduce the risk of eye strain among traffic participants, and provide passengers and pedestrians with a clearer, safer and more appropriate visual experience.

It also features a "Breakthrough Adapter" installation design that fits most models and a built-in drive box that allows owners to stop worrying about headlight unit space constraints. The product is compatible with 12V and 24V electrical systems, and its built-in integrated electronics (drivers and adapters) work directly with the vehicle's electronic systems without the need for additional adapters to provide consistent light beams and color temperatures.

In addition, the product is compatible with the reflector and projector headlamp multiple functions, to ensure the projection of a safe, perfect alignment of the beam.

Dual-purpose flexible LED car lights

In February, South Korea's Hyundai Motor announced it had developed a flexible LED car light, HLED.

The H in HLED stands for High Performance, High Definition and High Consistency. The product can be bent like a film and is only 5.5mm thick. With its low heat and energy saving LED chip inside, it can act as a control tail light and brake light.

With its flexible nature, the product is also able to emit bright, uniform light in five different directions simultaneously, enhancing the visibility of the driver. At the same time, automobile manufacturing enterprises can also design complex and unique shapes according to this characteristic, and realize vivid lighting animation effect.

3. Lighting solutions for pure electric SUV

In September last year, Volkswagen's official website announced the lighting information of the ID.4. The new model offers a lighting solution for the first all-electric SUV, equipped with Matrix LED, greet-before-start headlights, and 3D LED taillights.

Iq. Light is an option for the solution, which consists of 11 LED lighting modules, each of which can be individually adjusted or switched off, enabling intelligent control for continuous far-light lighting. In addition, the modules are very similar to human eyes, with a flat halo at the bottom surrounding the Volkswagen LOGO and ID LOGO, allowing traffic participants on the road to see important information about the vehicle at night.

It is worth mentioning that whenever the driver approaches the vehicle with the key, the light will rotate upward from the bottom to create a "head up to greet" visual effect. At the same time, the lighting module can "open the eyes" and then rotate additionally to the side to give the impression that the vehicle is seeking eye contact with the driver.

4. New ultra-high brightness LED for cars

In October last year, Seoul Semiconductor announced that it has developed a breakthrough new generation of WICop UHL (Ultra High Luminance) series of LEDs.

The heat dissipation performance of this product is 40% higher than that of other similar products on the current LED market. When applied to automobile headlights, the weight of its heat dissipation structure can be reduced by 75%, thus reducing the power consumption by 20% compared to other similar products. On the other hand, the luminous area of the product is only 0.5? , suitable for ultra-thin design, the LED technology used to fully make up for the reduction of heat dissipation performance due to the reduction of the luminous area, while meeting the various needs to improve performance.

75% less heat dissipation under the same brightness (left)

Mini LED patented technology structure (right)

The new product manufacturing process is the application of the world's first packaging LED patent Technology, can be easily completed in the conventional substrate bonding process layer Surface Mounted Technology (SMT), forming the same solid structure as MINI LED. Let it fully show the good optical performance in the automotive lighting application end

Five, automotive environmental lighting LED

Last December, Osram launched its Ostune LED range for automotive ambient lighting, featuring Ostune E1608 and E3030.

Ostune E1608 and E3030 cover a wide range of color temperatures, enabling OEMs to offer unique variations of ambient lighting: from elegant cold blue and white light to comfortable warm red and white light. The color rendering index (CRI) of this series of LEDs exceeds 90, which is a high level in current automotive applications.

These two products not only offer a wide range of color temperatures from 2700K to 6500K, providing excellent color rendering in the interior of the vehicle, but also have exceptionally compact sizes -- 1.6mm x 0.8mm x 0.6mm (E1608) and 3.0mm x 3.0mm x 0.65mm (E3030), Applicable to different types of automotive interior atmosphere lighting products.

In addition, these two products still provided the space beyond the traditional technology, save energy and alternative, provide for the passenger personnel from comfortable interior lighting and a reading lamp to the mirror and a foot space lighting interior living space, to let the car interior environment had been shifting from the cockpit to move living space of the functional shift.

Embedded light sensors and intelligent lighting systems for vehicles

In March, Apple received two new automotive patents through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an embedded light sensor for an autonomous navigation system and an adjustable lighting system and method based on occupant and object recognition.

Embedded optical sensor patent diagram


Embedded light sensors interact with the external environment through public window elements in the vehicle, providing light emission and environmental monitoring, and achieving the ultimate goal of autonomously navigating the vehicle.

Adjustable lighting system can automatically light up according to need inside each area, at the same time, use of cameras and sensors to determine where to open the lamp can decide to illuminate objects, location and area, through several different operation mode at the same time, the response clear lighting request or instruction, or their own expectations are not clear lighting request or instruction, Automatically and dynamically increase and/or decrease lighting at locations associated with occupants, objects, or areas to minimize disturbance to occupants.

7. Pixel dot matrix series LED car lights

Last December, the Swedish pioneer pure electric high-performance coupe Polestar 2, equipped with advanced Pixel dot-matrix LED lighting technology on the market, brought a new range of headlights to the high-end electric vehicle segment.

Among them, Pixel dot matrix LED headlights are equipped with active headlight technology and sequential greeting lights, which will activate the greeting sequence light effect when the vehicle is unlocked. Each headlamp has 84 LED light sources, arranged in a matrix, which allows precise control of the light source of each point. During driving, when a forward or opposite vehicle is detected, some LED lights will be turned off dynamically to avoid interference with other vehicles, and up to five vehicles can be identified. Even with the high beams on all the time, the feature gives the driver the best view ahead, avoids annoying other road users and avoids having to switch between high and near light modes.

The front fog lamp with automatic steering assist uses energy-saving LED technology and can automatically activate at low speeds according to steering wheel or turn signal signals, further optimizing the driving vision and driving experience.

Through the rear light embedded with 288 LED light sources, with a sequential lighting effect, showing a unique welcome and guest light effect, while equipped with adaptive lighting technology, the brightness will be enhanced in the daytime, to ensure the best visibility of the light source; It darkens automatically at night to prevent interference with the driver's line of sight.

Eight, digital matrix LED headlights

Last October, German carmaker Audi introduced LED headlights with a digital matrix that can project images.

The product is made up of 1.3 million micro-mirrors, each of which emits tiny and uniquely adaptive light particles that project images when the car is stopped or moving. The product also provides a 50-metre "light blanket" that illuminates up to 50 metres in front of the lane when the headlights are switched on. This is designed to prevent the driver or pedestrian of the opposite vehicle from instantly losing their sight.

In addition, the curved light can also help drivers detect other objects or pedestrians on the road.

Nine, laser headlights

Last October, German luxury carmaker BMW introduced its innovative Laserlight headlamp and related technology to the market.

Despite its name, LaserLight passes three monochrome blue laser beams through a series of mirrors in the main housing. Finally, LaserLight passes through a filter filled with yellow phosphorus. The blue laser reacts with the yellow phosphorus to produce a bright, cone-shaped white beam that points directly to the road. Using this technology, the product produces lights that are ten times brighter than traditional LED headlights. Since urban traffic may distract drivers, the product will only be used at speeds above 60 km/h on urban roads to improve safety.

More importantly, an integrated infra-red camera system used in combination with LaserLight detects a vehicle moving in the opposite direction and sends a signal to a control unit, which automatically dimms headlights without the need for manual input from the driver. If the infrared camera system detects an obstacle in the road, LaserLight focuses the beam directly on the obstacle at a distance of up to 300 feet (92 meters).

At the same time, LaserLight can communicate with the car's GPS navigation system to anticipate road turns ahead of time, allowing it to follow and turn.

Full LED front lamp group

In September last year, Chery revealed the exterior and some details of its new model, the Ruihu 8 Plus, with the all-LED front lighting set being the biggest highlight of the model. This lamp set integrates LED crystal headlights, double light edge bright day running lights, water turn signal in one, has a sense of design very much.

The headlights will be equipped with AFS headlights to follow the steering function. At night or when driving in low light, when the vehicle turns and turns, the lights can rotate with the car head with a maximum deviation of 15 degrees. It can also be monitored in real time by a multi-function camera and realize the smart switch between far and near light. Both of these functions increase the active safety of the whole vehicle.

Integrated LED front fog lamp and outline lamp, using matrix design. Among them, the front fog lamp is integrated with corner light. When turning at low speed at night, the steering auxiliary light automatically lights up to make up the blind area of the night vision and improve driving safety.

In addition, the rear lights, such as the drill array rear lights, the flowing water turn signals, and the high-position brake lights with red LED light bands, also echo the front lights, reflecting the small thoughts of the lighting designer in creating the visual feelings of the passengers and other traffic participants of this model.

Intelligent light sensing, digital light image, virtual light visual effect...... The world's most advanced automotive lighting technology has long bid farewell to the static lighting function, and fully integrated into the dynamic era of light and shadow.

From the perspective of the overall development trend of domestic lighting industry and the automobile market and industrial structure, the gap between the national automotive lighting technology and the global advanced level can be summarized as six words: heavy duty, but not far!