Vehicle lighting system specialists ZKW and plastics specialists Rehau Automotive have decided to jointly drive forward the integration of modern lighting systems in vehicle fronts. The two companies will work together on concepts and pre-development projects to offer customers future-oriented solutions for the connection of light; sensor technology, and electronics in the vehicle front end.
The goal of the cooperation is to offer significant added value for customers from the automotive industry through bundled competences. They’re working on a ‘seamless intelligent vehicle front’ concept which can be integrated as a complete system; the front-end concept has lights; logos; sensors, and heating elements.
ZKW and Rehau already are working together on various concepts for car manufacturers. The development of an integrated vehicle front as part of the joint cooperation was launched in April.
Headlamp systems could efficiently host lidars, especially corner lidars, behind their protective cover lens; windshields could then preferably host long-range lidars. The synergy between headlamps and any lidar front end, requires the design of specific materials which will be compatible with both systems in term of light transmission; internal reflectance, and thermal constraints.