Assistance, Ambience, entertainment: interior lighting for a new driving experienceModern 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.
More customization, more safety
Intelligent, connected and individually controllable interior lighting is extending the range of applications. The progression toward autonomous driving will create an increasing desire of additional interior lighting applications. The car is becoming a personal living and working space – putting the focus is on increasing comfort, customized entertainment and safety.
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.
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.
Next generation Overhead Light Console
Customizing the entire front section of the passenger cell
Together with the thin-film technology company KURZ and plastics manufacturer Syntech Plastics, Plastic Omnium Lighting developed a overhead light console that combines advanced interior lighting functions with an elegant design. The solution is based on the combined expertise of the project partners in smart lighting, plastic processing and injection molding.