LEDs have come a long, long way since they were developed in 1962 by Nick Holonyak Jr. And if you thought they were just for lighting, you’d be dead wrong. Two innovative companies have joined forces to build a self-driving concept vehicle that uses LED technology for just about everything!
Intrigued? Then read on for the full story!
Pioneers of Industriousness!
An unlikely pairing in the shape of lighting industry giant, Osram, and Switzerland’s foremost concept car designer, Rinspeed, has formed to produce the vehicle in which LEDs perform a whole host of functions that range from unlocking doors and drive capability with iris-scanning, to detecting passengers’ health and customising interior illumination.
Las Vegas CES 2018
The companies are jetting off to Las Vegas’s CES 2018, where they’ll showcase the incredible vehicle, and to demonstrate how sustainable urban transportation of the future will involve self-driving cars that are shared rather than owned, and that will keep individual passengers connected with both data and services.
The revolutionary vehicle has been catchily named “Snap” and it’ll include Osram’s LEDs and state-of-the-art laser diodes in its iris-sensing technology that will secure entry to the vehicle. This tech also serves to identify users, enabling them to access its data and informational services.
In an interview, Osram’s OS Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, Wolfgang Lex, said “As we enter a new era of autonomous vehicles, lighting will become even more important” He went on to say, “Suddenly, the car is not just a car. It’s an office on wheels, a library, a living room, or an art studio where you can paint a picture during your commute hours. Logically, cars will need lighting that’s appropriate for all these activities and more.”
Facial Recognition Technology
The ground-breaking vehicle is similar in size and shape to a minibus and will further utilise LEDs to perform facial recognition that will generate changes in lighting, heating and seat positioning, tailoring each to individual passengers’ pre-programmed stipulations.
Bodo Ischebeck, Osram Opto’s OS Vice-President and General Manager of Industry and Mobile Devices stated, “Our cutting-edge, infrared LED technologies are making vehicles more individualised for passengers than ever before, by bringing the latest biometric identification applications to the automotive industry.”
Human-Centric LED Lighting
This “Human-Centric Lighting or “HCL” as it’s known, maximises the well-being of the passengers by taking advantage of LEDs’ ability to “tune” their colour temperatures and brightness to perfectly match the individual’s needs and requirements. As such, the HCL system employed by Snap can be run remotely by wearable devices such as fitness watches, modifying the interior environment and even giving health warnings if they become necessary!
About the vehicle’s exterior, LED and laser-based projection systems will transform its windows into advertising screens, or to broadcast safety advice to pedestrians, while its licence plates feature LED technology that can easily display new registration whenever required.
No Vacuuming Required!
Osram has even incorporated ultraviolet LEDs, essentially to disinfect the interior of Snap, which the company hails as “an important feature for future car-sharing concepts.”
As if all these incredible developments weren’t enough, Osram also plans to put forward many of Snap’s LED technology for other automotive applications as well. These include intelligent LED headlamps that automatically adjust to avoid dazzling other road-users, while still retaining the perfect roadway illumination for the driver.
That’s assuming there’ll even BE a driver in cars of the future!
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