Until 15 years ago, the headlamp was a simple product grouping reflectors and bulbs in a housing. Now it’s morphed into a system since the AFS function arrived, integrating sensors for steering angle, speed, and GPS. But the real birth of a lighting system started with ADB and the integration of a front camera. HID light sources were used first, then LEDs, equipping only some premium cars. All the lighting community discovered, at that time, the glare free high beam, driving on high beam without glaring anyone. Now with the arrival of matrix beam then pixel light with high resolution, we have a wonderful lighting system, able to convince all end users driving by night. At the same time, the technology is extending to lower-range cars as cameras are more and more used for other functions. All this progress is possible thanks to the cameras which are revolutionising the lighting technologies and naturally the other ADAS functions.
For this reason, DVN releases today a report on car cameras, their different technologies, and their future in the automotive industry. In this week’s Driving Vision News you’ll find an extract of the report’s interview with Joachim Mathes, R&D and marketing manager at Valeo Driving Systems, explaining very well the future of cameras.