Headlamp digitalization is driving automotive lighting’s growth and technological evolution.
- Automotive exterior front lighting system – Design and manufacturing
- LED technology miniaturization approach – Enabling slim headlight design
- Technology roadmaps for light sources – LEDs and lasers
- Building blocks of advanced front-lighting system (AFLS) architecture – Including lighting, sensing, computing, and software control
- AFLS lighting technologies – Efficacy aspects, FOV, accuracy, and ADB lighting scenes as a function of resolution
- AFLS penetration into different car segments
- LED-based headlamps – Pricing and cost breakdown
- Automotive lighting – Market analysis
- Automotive lighting – Industry analysis, including Tier-1 players
- Automotive lighting – Technology analysis, including LEDs and lasers
- Automotive lighting – System development and manufacturing analysis
- Automotive AFLS – Roadmap analysis
- Analyze the current status and future trends related to automotive front-lighting market applications
- Review the automotive lighting industry’s structure and future trends
- Examine the AFLS used for automotive applications, and the associated roadmaps
- Provide market insights for 2015 – 2024 regarding automotive lighting applications
Table of Content
Executive summary 19
Automotive market – Status and megatrends 49
- Automotive market status
- Automotive market megatrends
Automotive lighting market – Forecasts and trends 69
- 2018/2019 Automotive lighting – Market status and trends
- 2018-2024 Automotive lighting – Market forecast
- In-depth analysis of the automotive frontlighting market
Automotive lighting industrial landscape – Tier-1 level 94
Automotive lighting – Technology landscape 106
- LED technology
- Laser diode technology
Advanced front-lighting systems (AFLS) – Landscape 151
- Automotive front lighting – Status
- Application landscape
- Building blocks
- Future lighting technologies
- Lighting technologies – Specifications and requirements
- Lighting technologies – Efficacy aspects
- System development trends
- ADAS and lighting technologies
- Industry outlook
DIGITAL LIGHTING WILL CONTINUE TO TRANSFORM AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING
The digitalization of cars is a megatrend in the automotive industry, moving towards electric and autonomous vehicles. The evelopments related to this trend facilitate new approaches in safety, comfort, and information services. Exterior lighting is gaining significance because automated driving advancements have illustrated the importance of communication between all road users.
Today, digital lighting is a key area of investigation for the automotive lighting supply chain, since it enables smarter lighting functionalities, safer adaptive-driving beam (ADB) designs with cameras, and artificial intelligence (AI) in the loop.
Two approaches are being investigated for image generation: additive and subtractive. Images from DMD, LCDs, and liquid crystal-on- silicon (LCoS) are formed with illumining optics to ensure precise illumination of the corresponding spatial light modulator (SLM). The micro-structured adaptive front-lighting system (or μAFS) forms the light distribution by projecting the light-emitting surface of each LED pixel onto the road. Pixel LED itself is a novel technology, consisting of more than 1,000 pixel points per chip, with tiny pitch.
Additionally, the advanced front lighting system (AFLS) architecture integrates other inevitable building blocks. These include cameras and sensors enabling detection and identification of objects, electronic control units (ECUs) for fast computing of information, and software for effective image processing and automation of functions. Based on image processing functions and intelligent settings in the projection module, critical areas of oncoming traffic that might face glare are removed from the high-beam’s distribution, with the rest of the high-beam field remaining intact for the driver’s convenience. With these new digital headlight technologies, light distribution must be reinvented. High resolution, combined with flexible software and wide-ranging sensor integration, creates options that were once inconceivable.
HD light-enabling technologies are still emerging. DMD has only appeared in small volume as an additional module in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach. The preferred technology among car makers is matrix LED array, evolving to micro pixel LED technology. Today we can see full-LED matrix headlights with up to 128 LEDs per cluster in the VW Touareg. In 2020 true micro pixel LED technology, containing thousands of LED dies, will be implemented for the first time. An interesting fact is that such lighting systems generate ever more synergy with projection systems, since their function is evolving towards communication – for example, projecting information onto the road.
However, several barriers still must be overcome in areas such as technology, manufacturing, and regulation. These challenges will be reinforced as digital light further strengthens the relationship between lighting, automotive sensors, and data processing.
This report presents a complete overview of new lighting technologies and AFLS, including details regarding benefits and drawbacks, integration status, and development roadmaps. Insights into the future of automotive lighting, with particular analysis of synergies with ADAS, are also provided.
AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING INDUSTRY: POSITIONING TOWARD ADAS
The market is already transforming, and now automotive lighting is becoming a potential critical node for automated driving. This is because lighting systems could represent a key opportunity for integrating sensors like local cameras, radar, and LiDAR systems. Furthermore, technology and application evolution brings more complex systems, more components, and more subassemblies, while maintaining quality. This requires new strategies – particularly for cost reduction. Implementing costly AFLS that includes intelligent lighting, precise sensing, fast computing, and software control requires standardization – creating a platform and architecture that can be used in a variety of cars.
Different business strategies are being adopted by the top-7 Tier-1s. The first group is focused on developing more high-end AFLS technologies. The second strategy is to increase the global footprint of basic LED headlights, and the third strategy is ADAS development along with lighting technologies. Industry leaders have already begun presenting their future headlight (and even car) concepts.
New engineering and manufacturing methods enable additional integration and thus create new modules. More integrated omponents enhance the functional content of headlamps, supporting freedom of design while simultaneously reducing the number of interfaces, which improves reliability. However, miniaturization and new-component integration is not enough in the automotive industry. Increased sensor competence will be essential.
This industry’s evolution is likely to continue as solid-state lighting technologies are integrated. The rapid evolution of these technologies, coupled with the AFLS trend and increased use of non-visible lighting systems like LiDAR, radar, and cameras,
might bring further change to an industry that’s already transforming.
This report analyzes the automotive lighting industry, with details concerning the top 15 suppliers’ revenue and market share, in total and by region. A focus on the value chain and non-visible lighting applications in automotive is also included, along with an in-depth
analysis of automotive lighting system development and manufacturing.
DESPITE THE AUTO INDUSTRY’S OVERALL SLOWDOWN, THE LIGHTING MARKET LOOKS BRIGHT OVER THE NEXT DECADE
The period following the 2008/2009 global economic crisis was the auto industry’s longest-ever growth phase. But after eight productive years, in 2018 we observed a modest decrease in vehicle sales. The drivers of this recent downturn are global trade
uncertainty due to U.S. tariffs, and increasing trade restrictions that threaten to destabilize economies worldwide. OEMs and suppliers now must face industry disruption of a traditional model.
New mobility and digital transformation are the key trends that will directly impact the automotive lighting industry.
LEDs are rapidly gaining popularity as their cost decreases and efficiency, luminance, and package size improves. Full LED headlamps are now being commercialized in emerging markets, and nearly all car makers and Tier-1 parts suppliers have developed full LED-based headlamp systems. Such technology is a must-have in the C and also the D (large vehicle) automotive segments, with implementation continuing in the lower B (small car segment). For example the Renault Clio and Opel Corsa are equipped with full-LED lighting, either as standard on the base model, or as optional LED matrix headlights in the Corsa’s case. Today’s moderate market growth is mostly related to the strategies of light source suppliers – “LEDification” – implementing lower-cost solutions for emerging markets.
Advanced LED matrix headlights, with more than 50 LEDs per vehicle, have been implemented in premium car segments. These attractive headlamps provide different lighting scenarios and are frequently selected by new-car buyers. As a result, styling and technological advances have also contributed to the market’s growth.
In this context, the automotive lighting market totaled $29B in 2018 and is expected to reach $38.8B in 2024, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% for 2018-2024. This growth is driven by natural LED cost erosion, coupled with standardization and optimization of LED modules, resulting in more vehicles equipped with this technology.
This report presents all AFLS applications and their associated market revenue for the period 2019 – 2024, with details concerning the integration status of different lighting technologies and systems, recent trends, and market size by application.
3M, Abarth, Acura, Alfa Romeo, AMG, Apple, Aston Martin, Audi, Autoliv, Automotive Lighting, Avago, Avis, BASF, Bentley, BlaBlaCar, BMW, Bolloré, Bosch, Brightek Optoelectronic, Bugatti, Buick, BYD, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Cisco, Citizen Electronic, Citroen, Clean Technology Leader, CML Innovative Technologies, CnLight, Continental, Covestro, Cree, Dacia, Daihatsu,
Daimler, Datsun, Delphi, Denso, Depo Auto Parts, Dodge, Dominant, Dupont, Edison, EFI Lighting, Elmos Semiconductor, Everlight, FCA, Ferrari, FIAT, Ford, Fraunhofer, Freescale, Fujitsu, Geely, General Motors, GMC, Grupo Antolin, Hamamatsu, Harman, Harvatek, Hella, Hokuyo, Holden, Honda, Honglitronic, Hyundai, Ibeo, IBM, Ichikoh, Infineon, Infiniti, Inova Semiconductor, Itswell, Jaguar, Jeep, Kandi, Kia, Kodenshi, Koito, Konica Minolta, Lada, Lamborghini, Lancia, Land Rover, Leddartech, Lextar, Lexus, LG Innotek, Lincoln, Lumens, Lumileds, Lumimicro, Luxpia, Magna, Magneti Marelli, Maserati, Mazda, Mc Laren, Mercedes-Benz, Merck, MINI, Mitsubishi, Morpho, Nichia, Nissan, Odelo, Olsa, Opel, Osram, Peugeot, Pioneer, Porsche, PSA, Quanergy, RAM, Renault, Rohm, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, San’an, Sandia National Laboratory, Schweizer, Scion, Seat, Seoul Semiconductor, Shenzhen Refond, ShinEtsu, Sick, Skoda, SL Corporation, Smart, SoftKinetic, Stanley, STMicroelectronics, Subaru, Suzuki, Ta Yih, Tata, Tesla, Texas
Instruments, Toyoda Gosei, Toyota, Troller, TRW, TYC, Uber, Valeo, Varroc, Vauxhall, Velodyne LIDAR, Visteon, Volkswagen, Volvo, Würth Elektronik, Xingyu, ZKW, and more.
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