Front Signal Image of Vehicles – Potential for Safety and Styling 2006-01-0716
When it comes to innovations for lighting in the front of motor vehicles, mostly the road illuminating systems are mentioned. However, in addition to the progress in the “real beam tasks” with swiveling headlamps, AFS etc, new potential for the “pure” signal functions has also arisen in recent years.
Looking at the safety requirements for front lighting of the vehicle with the task “to be seen”, it becomes obvious that the mandatory signals Direction Indicator and Position Light should be complemented during the day via the Daytime Running Light (DRL). By displaying the position of a car (by day and night) and indicating a change of direction with the Turn Signal, complete and intuitive recognition of the vehicle-front will be realized.
With the ability of new technologies, additional potential is coming up for the implementation of these lighting tasks for motor vehicle lighting:
□ New highly reliable light sources will need no (or only minimum) servicing, and will also increase operational safety.
□ The integration into new optical concepts allows the creation of completely new styling and unique appearance.
This contribution attempts to define the tasks for the front signal functions and therefore to show the performance potential of the latest technologies. The look at new designs will emphasize the styling potential for the front signal image for the creation of individual corporate identities.