All car makers and lighting suppliers are working on LED headlamps. For instance, Osram and Visteon sponsor a design class at the College for Creative Studies to conceptualise future automotive LED lighting.
LED technology facilitates new possibilities in function and safety , unlocking new solutions for better seeing and reduced glare as well as intelligent IR applications. It expands the possibilities in styling and æsthetics , adding new dimensions to brand identification, empowering designers with the flexibility to explore shapes, colours, and configurations never before possible. It offers energy savings , particularly important with hybrid and electric vehicles wherein more efficient lighting translates directly to extended vehicle range.
The benefits offered by LEDs are well known to most of us: their robustness and durability, their compact packaging which facilitates lower profiles as well as applications involving light guides and 3D-appearing designs, their optical characteristics give rise to increased system optical efficiency, they consume less power, and their addressability and flexible electronic control strategies facilitate highly configurable light management.