Automotive Lighting Technology For The Headlights Of Tomorrow

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Automotive Lighting Technology For The Headlights Of Tomorrow

Since the incorporation of headlamps on vehicles, there have been many significant advancements in the field of automotive lighting technology. Beyond simply lighting the road ahead of you, the most recent innovations in automotive lighting are highly sought after by motorists for their enhanced security, design, and appearance. As these trends begin to attract a global audience and become implemented in all new vehicles, stats show that improved lighting can drastically reduce the occurrence of accidents that happen during the night. 

Automotive LED Lighting Design Technology

5-Chip LEDs

LED’s have been used in many automotive lighting applications since they were first introduced to the market in 1993. Recent LED technology can be found in many luxury vehicles and is expected to be implemented into the mainstream automotive industry fairly rapidly. These latest multi-chip LEDs are individually controlled and can switch on or off according to road conditions, other driver’s positions, and other road elements, adapting to the driver’s needs.

5-chip adaptive LED tech illuminates objects on the edge of the road as well as approaching vehicles. Adaptive headlights allow for ‘around-the-corner’ lighting, giving drivers the time to adapt to potential hazards ahead. Since 40 percent of accidents occur at night, greater visibility can help make your drive safer.

Laser Automotive Lighting

Beyond the world of Halogen, xenon and LED automotive lighting, Laser technology is a game-changer in today’s market. You can find a laser-diode headlight on the BMW i8 Coupe, who’s headlights are ten times brighter than LED counterparts. Laser lighting technology has been seen in higher-end vehicles more often over the past few years and results have shown that full-beam laser lighting can range up to 600 meters in visibility – double the distance of even LED headlamps.

uAFS LED Lighting

Oncoming traffic, vehicle speed, the distance between vehicles ahead of you, and road conditions – all these factors can be detected by adaptive, smart, high-resolution LED headlights. These headlights are made to be adaptable, smart-pixel lights that create the perfect illumination while driving. Each headlight contains 3 LED light points, each with 1024 pixels. This helps illuminate peripheral views and roadside dark spots when going around bends or simply driving straight. The adaptive technology brightens all dark areas on the road while the sensors inside can detect changes in road conditions. The best part – this LED lighting design doesn’t shine on the heads of oncoming drivers so they are unaffected by glare even when the lights are on fully.

Flexible OLEDs

Organic Light-Emitting Diodes are a flat light source that can be individually dimmed and brightened. The main draw to OLED lighting tech for cars is the fact that they don’t require reflectors or light guides, and, they maintain their light at any angle. Currently, OLEDs are being used for rear automotive lighting. Since OLEDs are flexible and lightweight, they can be easily utilized for both interior and exterior automotive lighting. 

Automotive Lighting Designs and Manufacturing

Since the introduction of LED headlights in the early 90’s to now, the automotive lighting industry is exploding with opportunities. In fact, it’s a market that’s set to reach over 29 Billion USD by 2022. Increased vehicle production, especially in the electric and hybrid market, is driving the numbers behind this automotive lighting boom, especially light sources that reduce energy consumption. 

Innovative Automation is a leading machine builder of equipment for the assembly and testing of automotive lighting technology and is continuously adapting to market needs and trends. Contact us today to learn how our expertise in automotive lighting can deliver leading-edge technology to your automotive business.