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Modularisation is Key to Integration PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 July 2019

Lighting systems are growing more complex seemingly every moment, and comprising more and more components and subassemblies. Among other effects, this trend will surely complicate supply chains and pose quality and cost challenges.

One promising strategy to address these challenges is to integrate components and subassemblies into modules which can be tested separately. This stands to not only simplify manufacturing and validation, but will also reduce the number of interfaces and connections in the system—all going toward improved reliability and lower cost. A striking example is the move from discrete LEDs to matrix modules to micro-matrix modules. Might we now see a similar move from discreete sensors and cameras to integral sensor-and-camera modules in the lamps?

Koito's prototypes and Marelli's latest Smart Corner lamps exemplify trends simultaneously toward modularisation and integration, paving the way for feasible, cost-effective lidar integration into lamps, for example, with optimal packaging to leave space in the lamp for other components and maximise overall efficiency.

Personally, I am convinced of the bright future for this kind of integration. That's why I am working with a team of lidars experts on a study of the strenghts and weaknesses of module-based integration strategies. We're also organising a second DVN Lidar Conference on 2–3 December in Frankfurt. Watch for details as they become available!

See below, information about the works of ZKW on the integration of sensors in the headlamps.

Sincerely yours

DVN President


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ZKW is developing headlights for AV PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 July 2019

Following intensive research and development work, ZKW presents "Project Dragonfly" for autonomous driving, which was developed in cooperation with partner companies. As part of this concept, the lighting systems specialist has built a demo vehicle in a number of expansion stages, integrating sensors and cameras in headlights and thereby enabling automated driving functions. 
Since June, the first test drives have been completed on four approved routes in Austria. "The aim of Project Dragonfly is to promote autonomous driving using an electronic all-round view," explains Stefan Weißensteiner, the Project Manager of Project Dragonfly at ZKW. "Our new technology will make a decisive contribution to increasing road safety and could already be launched in three to four years," explains Oliver Schubert, CEO of the ZKW Group.

Development Team : C. Bierwipfl, T. Reiter, S. Weißensteiner and R. Klädtke, CTO of ZKW

The headlights are placed strategically to provide a 360° view of the vehicle using sensor systems. This is much like a dragonfly, whose gaze also covers 360°.

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