The development of brand specific front and tail lights in cooperation with the stylists is the assignment of automobile
lighting. Highest car safety, attractive styling, differentiation in the traffic situation and environment friendliness are the
project limits. LED technology has the potential to extend these limits. The LED technology will have to improve, but it
is also enhanced by new sensor technologies that introduce new functionalities. The implementation of a possible
roadmap depends on right technologies at the right time. For new styling ideas and functional innovations further steps
in lighting technology are necessary. The document will show a car makers view on possible innovation ideas.
Innovations in photonics technology have the potential to revolutionize both the inside and the outside of the automobile, making driving, simpler, safer, and more economical. Some of the most interesting applications areas are: lighting, communications, night vision, display, entertainment, and controls. However, the commercialization of these technologies will depend on a number of factors: cost, proven improvements in safety, economy of operation, availability of mass-produced components with high uniformity and reliability, regulations, and standards. The automotive industry recognizes the utility of a roadmap to focus all players, from basic device manufacturing and component integrators, to set manufacturers and ultimately automotive assemblers. In this paper we report on progress on an important component of this roadmap concerning adaptive front-lighting systems (AFS).
Concept cars have their own styling process. Because of the big media interest they give a big opportunity to bring newest technology with styling ideas to different fairgrounds. The LED technology in the concept cars Audi Pikes Peak, Nuvolari and Le Mans will be explained. Further outlook for the Audi LED strategy starting with LED Daytime Running Lamp will be given. The close work between styling and technical engineers results in those concept cars and further technical innovations based on LED technologies.