Ambience, entertainment, assistance: interior lighting for a fascinating driving experience
Gone are the days when a vehicle’s interior lighting served as a purely functional element. Modern lighting concepts have long been an integral part of a perceived high-quality and appealing ambience. Lighting has the ability to enhance comfort and well-being and create a feeling of safety. On a functional level, well designed illumination makes it easier for drivers to locate and utilize vehicle functions, particularly at dusk or nighttime.
The future will be individual
The progression toward autonomous driving will create an increase in the need and the desire for additional interior lighting applications. The car is becoming a personal living and working space – the focus is on increasing comfort, individualization and entertainment. In the future, light will also take on more and more safety functions.
Intelligent, connected and individually controllable interior lighting is extending the range of applications. For example, ambient lighting can adapt to the mood or activity in the car as passengers listen to music or watch a movie. In dangerous situations, light can be used to project warnings into the cockpit to enhance safety in situations where the driver’s perception is limited. In designing our products, we place particular emphasis on compact dimensions, high system efficiency and optimum connectivity.
Ambience: personalization and emotion
A personalized driving experience has passenger well-being as its focus. Soft ambient lighting, for example, allows drivers to choose colors for their interior lighting. Depending on the mood, different modes can be selected from “Relaxation” to “Action/Sport”. This individualization goes far beyond the predominantly functional usage and adds an emotional component.
Entertainment: interaction and dynamics
Interaction with the vehicle begins as soon as the driver approaches. Sensors detect the driver and project an individual light design or message as a greeting. Dynamic interior lighting invites the driver to enter the vehicle and signals that it is ready to be driven, adapted to the time of day and available natural light. Depending on whether the passenger wants to work, listen to music or enjoy a movie, the lighting scenarios change automatically. This enhanced functionalities are born from the ever-increasing need for sanctuary, individualization and entertainment, especially on long journeys.
Assistance: safety and service
There are countless ways of using intelligent interior lighting to provide drivers with meaningful support. For example, if the sensors detect driver fatigue or a hazardous situation on the road, the colours in the vehicle can be changed automatically to alert the driver. In- car projections also provide a way of showing relevant information during the journey without the need for separate display.
Sustainability follows cost-effectiveness
The entire decor unit is produced using an in-mold decoration process, which is not only more economical but also more sustainable than conventional production methods. This is achieved by combining various steps into a one-shot process, leading to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Neither the ultra-thin touch sensors, which replace the switches and buttons, nor the decorative layers have any negative influence on the recyclability of the unit.