The Europe automotive adaptive lighting system market is poised to register a CAGR of over 10% over the forecast period (2020 - 2025)
- Trends such as autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles are evolving vehicle lighting systems. Industry participants are working intensively on various new technologies for vehicle lights with a variety of new functionalities and which can be adapted to the continuously changing requirements of future vehicles.
- Adaptive headlights are a part of the active safety systems designed to make driving at night or in low-light conditions safer by increasing visibility around curves and over hills. The ALS optimizes the distribution of light from the headlights according to the changing driving and road circumstances.
- Vehicle manufacturers are designing, prototyping, and testing the possibilities for external lighting. For example, Volkswagen is working on a technology that projects a pair of red warning lines on the road, when a car is turning around, thereby, letting pedestrians know where the danger zone is and presumably eliminating the problem of backing out of a high-fenced driveway, into the path of a cyclist on the footpath.
- The automotive market in Germany is driven by significant automotive norms and regulations. These regulations by the EU have prompted OEMs to develop technologically advanced automotive lighting systems. There has been a significant advancement in the safety and driver assistance systems, which has driven the adoption of automotive adaptive lighting significantly in the country.
Key Market Trends
Front lightening will lead the market
Adaptive front lighting systems can adjust the headlights of the vehicle so that the driver has adequate night vision in addition to the safety of other road users. Most of the, in old cars headlights generally have a mechanical connection whereas in modern cars ALS uses stepper motors for controlling the headlight angle, which works according to the information provided by sensors In addition to thatASLSadjusts the beams while cornering, to provide better illumination towards the direction of travel. LEDs are employed in an adaptive lightening system for avoiding any direct glare to the vehicles coming from the opposite direction.
ALS are previously only been part of luxury or high-end vehicles, but now many entry-level vehicle models have the feature of automatically switching between the beams when they detect oncoming traffic.
Leading automotive OEMs and lighting system manufacturers are developing various adaptive front lights for future vehicles.
HELLA is developing a new automotive headlamp technology Digital Light SSL, which will go into production by 2022. With over 30,000 light points, it provides a wide variety of new safety- and comfort-relevant function, such as optical lane assistants, and projected protection zones for pedestrians and cyclists
Incorporation of Sensors/ Camera is likely to drive the Market
Several car manufacturers and light manufacturers are having their own mechanism of adaptive lighting, but the most important role in this system is of the cameras and sensors as it provides the information to the system, and then accordingly light changes its intensity and direction. For instance,
Audi adaptive xenon headlights have the gas discharge lamps. It provides much brighter light as halogen incandescent lamps also their energy consumption is 20 percent less. Audi offers these headlights in every model either as standard or as an option. This module is electromechanically rotated for the adaptive light.
Similarly, in Hella adaptive headlight systems, company’s VarioX® module is combined with a swiveling module. In the combination in between the light source and the lens, there is a cylinder that can be rotated in its longitudinal axis. The outer surface of the cylinder generates different light distributions on the road and the stepper motor turns the cylinder to the required position within milliseconds.
Whereas, BMW Adaptive Headlights comes with optional glare-free High Beam Assist which controls the main beam of the headlights for proper illumination of the road.In this system an image sensor which is inside the front mirror looks after the lighting conditions and the traffic ahead up to a distance of 400 meters.
The European automotive adaptive lighting systems market is consolidated and majorly dominated by few players, such as HELLA KGaAHueckand Co., Stanley Electric., Philips, Valeo Group. The market is highly driven by factors like advanced technology, more use of sensors, growing investment in RandD projects, and growing market of electric and autonomous vehicles. To provide the safest experience to the car owner, major automotive adaptive lighting system manufacturers are developing new technology for the future and acquiring small players to expand their market reach. For instance,
- In 2019, HELLA GmbH and Co. KGaA, and the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest, has successfully completed the development of a prototype lighting system based on laser technology. The prototype for a high-resolution headlamp module consists of a laser light source in the headlamp.
- In 2019, Minda Industries announced in a statement that they are planning to acquire Delvis Group, a German company engaged in automotive lighting design and engineering.
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