Slideshow: Cool LED design for hot 2013 cars
Carolyn Mathas - January 24, 2013
This slideshow focuses on automotive lighting and is a combination of articles, products and news to show the challenges and solutions—with particular emphasis on very recent lighting design to hit the street. Let’s start with LED headlamps.
Only a few production vehicles have LED headlamps so far, including: Audi’s A8 and R8,, Lexus LS600h and RX450h, Cadillac’s Escalade, the Honda’s Accord, Toyota’s Prius and the Porsche Cayenne. Last year, the total LED headlamp market was valued at $1B, which is expected to more than double by the end of 2014.
Matrix high-beam headlights by Audi use segments of LEDs, reflectors, and lenses to create a swivel-less design. Segments each run independently based on sensor, camera, and GPS data. When combined, they form a dynamic headlight that is tuned to the world around it. Communicating with the navigation system, the headlights offer prediction-based lighting. The Matrix LED headlights will debut later this year.