One of the main challenges facing the automotive lighting industry is to foresee the potential of ADAS technologies and sensors and how they can benefit and bring new innovations to the lighting business.
There will be more opportunities than risks for the lighting industry in this roadmap to connected vehicles and autonomous driving, in particular when new needs will have to be answered for warning, signalling, interior lighting, and failure recovery. One of the most critical challenges is to understand the revolutions underway in system architecture, diversity of sensors, redundancy, and failure analysis.
It is interesting to follow developments from a leading company, such as Bosch .
In the latest edition of Vision Zero, Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner gave his vision on the future of the automotive industry: "The traffic of the future is electric, automated and connected. Automated driving can drastically reduce the number of accidents, and thus greatly increase road safety. The prospect of saving 1.2 million lives is a great source of motivation". This was in reference to the estimated number of road traffic deaths around the world each year.
Comprehensive support in both critical and monotonous driving situations could greatly increase road safety. Adaptive cruise control, which automatically controls speed and distance from vehicles ahead, has been available for more than 10 years.