Volvo Cars will next week unveil a new lighting technology that lets drivers keep their high beams on all the time without blinding other motorists. The Swedish premium car maker said it will demonstrate at the Geneva auto show a new headlight mechanism that automatically shades as much of the high beam as needed to Read More..
The new Volkswagen Golf has the best front lighting system among competitors in the lower-medium-sized segments, according to a recent test. The ADAC, Germany’s largest automobile club, looked at the relative merits of the various systems and concluded that the Golf’s adaptive xenon light system with high beam assistant doesn’t have any major weaknesses. The Read More..
Hella is boosting its presence in China with the opening of a new production facility in Xiamen in the southeastern part of the country. The Germany-based automotive lighting group said the new location, which will supply automakers building cars locally in China, will become a leading Asian production center for automotive relays. “Intensive customer proximity Read More..
Researchers at Leibniz University in Hanover are developing a new automotive lighting system that gives drivers a clearer view of the road and makes their car more visible at night. The researchers, who work in the university’s Institute of Product Development, are building laser diodes into cars’ headlights. These shine more and better distributed light Read More..
NXP said it has developed an in-vehicle networking solution that makes it easier to offer a flexible LED-based ambient lighting application in cars. The Netherlands-based semiconductor group said its UJA1018 product allows local interconnect network (LIN) addresses of LED modules to be programmed after installation in a car, rather than during module manufacturing. This provides Read More..
Hella plans to expand its Chinese activities into passenger car lighting systems by teaming up with BAIC, one of the country’s biggest automotive groups. The German automotive lighting specialist said BAIC will own 50 pc of a local lighting systems joint venture, Beijing-based Hella Beifang Automotive Lighting Co. Ltd. (HBL). Until now, Hella has mostly Read More..
A new Mercedes lighting technology will use a spotlight to warn drivers and pedestrians of imminent danger at night. Mercedesâ€™ spotlight function, which will be included in the luxury carmakerâ€™s Night View Assist Plus pedestrian-detection system, willÂ become a standard feature from the summer of 2011. Mercedes has offered nighttime pedestrian detection since 2009, but Read More..