Intelligent LEDs will dramatically improve nighttime driving

-May 14, 2013

I don’t know about you, but each year, prescription glasses or not, driving at night is increasingly difficult. There’s a Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FMER) research project underway with Osram, Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, Infineon, HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co. and Daimler that is designed to make driving at night much safer.


The project focuses on adaptive forward lighting systems (AFS), which translates to glare-free camera-controlled headlamps that react to changing nighttime conditions. The basis of the project is the integration of microelectronics and optoelectronics to develop the technical framework necessary for a new class of energy-efficient LED headlamps featuring supplementary traffic safety functions. For example, the resulting adaptive forward lighting system high and low beams can adapt to the speed of the vehicle. At high speeds, the range of light will automatically increase. In city traffic, the focus will be to shed more light on sidewalks, pedestrians and cyclists. Fully electronic, the functions will not rely on mechanical actuators.

Players involved in the project will deliver their own unique experience. Osram Opto Semiconductors Specialty Lighting division is developing new electronic control gear to control the LED headlamp system. The Fraunhofer Institute (IZM) is contributing its expertise in interconnection technology and materials. Infineon’s concentration is automotive electronics and LED drivers, and automotive supplier and lighting specialist HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co is developing the entire optical system for the LED module and the headlamps, and building prototypes. Daimler will carry out vehicle tests throughout the project.

I’ll keep you posted as to what I hear about the project's progress.


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