|Adaptative Lighting Systems|
|Tuesday, 31 August 2010|
Since the arrival in 2003 of "Bending Light", the first modern adaptive front lighting feature, big changes have taken place in the field of lighting functions. We've seen the integration of new electronic technology and technique: miniaturized sensors, activators, and command/control units. Full AFS arrived in 2007, camera-based automatic high/low beam selectors and adaptive cutoff in 2009.
Glare-Free High Beam is arriving fast and we anticipate still more new lighting functions in the coming years.
At the May 2010 DVN workshop in Paris, many experts urged that we use simple names for new lighting technologies to avoid confusing car buyers whose purchasing choices will make or break these new technologies commercially. The names we select should associate each high tech lighting offer with its specific benefit for the driver in terms of safety, comfort, and/or style.
Following this line, DVN decided to list all the new lighting functions and recommend simple, consistent nomenclature for use across the whole industry in research, development, and marketing. The overall goal is to facilitate and clarify communication about the benefits of new lighting technology so car buyers will know they're worth specifying.
This present report discerns two main categories of lighting:
After defining these two categories, the report presents in detail the adaptive lighting systems:
For these adaptive functions, the author describes their respective benefits and presents the systems developed and produced by the main global lighting suppliers.