There must be a lot of engineers who drive their vehicles – at night – on poorly lit roadways.
How else to explain the proliferation of brilliant new automotive lighting solutions now rolling to market from car industry designers and their advanced technology suppliers?
New breakthroughs in illumination technology, optical design, digital electronics, and materials advances in phosphorus, xenon, and LED lighting are yielding smart new lighting designs, some coming to an automobile near you, soon. Even sooner if your ride is a Mercedes, or other luxury vehicle, where advanced technology applications tend to emerge first.
Leading the way are advances in new headlight and safety lighting. These are not your father’s headlights. Today, where LED lighting and computer-driven optical control converge, a new design realm behind mere headlights has emerged: Advanced Forward Lighting System, or AFLS.
Examples of this cutting-edge technology can be found in the Multibeam LED headlight on the 2017 Mercedes E-Class, an assembly that uses 84 individually dimmable LED chips on each headlight assembly to provide precise beam control.
The next design threshold in beam control is to move from manual flicking between low and high beam to an automated system based on light sensors and optical engineering. This will make it possible to vary beam intensity more smoothly, without sharp transitions, across a span between low beam and high beam mode.
For an in-depth look at this technology, and more, and the companies driving changes in automotive lighting design and manufacturing, don’t miss Paul Golata’s blog: Turning the Corner on Automotive Lighting.