Last month I took a night drive which showed me the fantastic progress of the lighting industry. I was in a demonstrator car equipped with a Valeo monolithic LED with around 4 kilopixels to make the main beam and a monolithic LED with around 1 kilopixel to project elements on the road.
After several night drives, I’ve written of driving the best light—that was my impression of the BMW i8 with laser beam, the Mercedes CLS, the Audi A7, and the Mercedes S-Class; each new drive a new best. I can write the same after my night drive with the Valeo car. The main reason is the great progress the automotive lighting industry is making year after year. The new thing this time, I never have had in all the former night drives with ADB, is that the PictureBeam is a real high beam: perfect homogeneity and only the car ahead is shadowed out.
After my visit last week at Marelli-AL in Reutlingen, I am convinced on the future of high resolution ADB. Audi opened the way with matrix beam, Mercedes accelerated the movement with the S-Class, and now µLEDs are arriving.
The DVN Workshop in Munich, focused on high resolution lights, will emphasise the enormous progress being made by the vehicle lighting industry on lighting performance and dynamic road markings. Watch for news about it!
Don’t miss the DVN monthly report on Interior Lighting published today. It includes best-in-class interviews from Audi, BMW, Hella, Valeo, and some other Tier 2 suppliers.
See also the 2 minute video posted on our DVN website which will give you an overview of the Frankfurt lidar conference which took place on 2-3 December 2019.*|YOUTUBE:[$vid=ZQau42TSNSM, $views=N,$title=N]|*