The South Africa automotive adaptive lighting system market is poised to register a CAGR of over 6% over the forecast period (2020 - 2025).
- Trends such as autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles are evolving vehicle lighting system. 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.
Key Market Trends
Front lightening will Lead the Market.
The ALS optimizes the distribution of light from the headlights according to the driving and road circumstances. There is no need for manual operation for switching on/off the headlight or rear light. Depending on vehicle speed and steering input, the system projects the low-beam headlights in the direction the driver is intending to travel. Thereby, it saves time and effort for the driver helping him to concentrate on driving. The system provides an optimized vision to the driver during the night and other poor-sight conditions of the road by adapting the headlight angle and the intensity of the light
Improvement of visibility in the night time is a concern of critical importance due to the frequency of fatal accidents during the time. Adaptive LED and laser headlights are some of the major advancements in automotive lighting. Adaptive, or matrix LED systems use a grid of individual LEDs that automatically turns on and off based on where the car is headed and the presence of oncoming vehicles detected on the road. The basic added advantage is the use of laser headlights which provides a focused, long-range beam that can double the reach of the standard automotive high beams. Some of these systems, provide an added advantage using selective lighting to highlight the different objects in the road, which can be traffic signs and road markings, warning or hazard signs or objects that are hardly or not at all be viewed by the driver, such as deer or dimly lit pedestrians.
Leading automotive OEMs and lighting system manufacturers are developing various adaptive front lights for future vehicles.
Bosch intelligent headlight control utilizes a video camera to automatically adjust the range of the low beam or high beam lights. The adaptive lighting system not only controls the range or segmentation of the light, but it can also manipulate the width of the beam according to traffic conditions.
Incorporation of Sensors/ Camera is likely 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, the 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 South Africa automotive adaptive lighting systems market is consolidated and majorly dominated by few players, such as HELLA, Philips, and Osram. The market is highly driven by factors like advanced technology, more use of LEDs, more use of sensors. To provide the safest experience to the car owner, major car manufacturers are incorporating ALS in their future and upcoming models to stay ahead in the market. For instance,
- In 2019, OSRAM Continental, a joint venture founded in 2018has launched a smart digital HD headlamp system, a combination of SMARTRIX-HD system and EVIYOS LED is a digitally controlled lighting system where no mechanical components are involved to control the cornering lights.
- In 2018, Volkswagen Touareg headlights were jointly developed by HELLA and Volkswagen by the name IQ.LIGHT – LED Matrix Headlamps. Through the Dynamic Light Assist the headlamps can be turn on and off independently and able to adjust itself according to the respective environment, topography, and traffic situation.
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