By Julien Happich, Contributing Editor
LED solutions provider Osram Opto Semiconductors is the exclusive lighting partner for Swiss-based concept car designer Rinspeed who will be launching its Snap autonomous concept vehicle at the 2018 CES Show in Las Vegas.
The Swiss think tank created Snap for a future defined by autonomous driving and urbanization. On-board the autonomous concept vehicle are many of Osram’s LED, laser and optoelectronic sensing solutions, ranging from the ultraviolet (UV) and visible to infrared spectrum.
Rinspeed expects autonomous driving and increased urbanization to radically change how consumers think about and use their cars, with vehicles of the future increasingly becoming an extension of our private living space, requiring the same kinds of comfortable lighting options available in our home or office.
Car sharing and delivery services will also change dramatically as more self-driving cars are introduced. With these issues in mind, Rinspeed developed a complete and unique eco-system. Rinspeed’s Snap includes a detachable “skateboard,” containing the drivetrain and most of the IT, which connects to variable “pods.”
To give Snap a distinctive look and feel, Osram Opto Semiconductors provided the concept vehicle with human centric lighting, which coordinates the interplay of light, atmosphere and space to enhance the well-being of passengers. Furthermore, using facial recognition technology, powered by a new generation of infrared LEDs, Snap can adapt to the individual requirements of each passenger. Everything from personalized lighting options to preferred temperature to seat position can be adjusted to meet a passenger’s needs. Entering the vehicle becomes even more customized and secure with iris scanning technology, featuring Osram’s infrared LEDs.
“We are honored to be the exclusive lighting supplier for Rinspeed’s Snap, a vehicle that reimagines the future of driving,” said Bodo Ischebeck, Vice President and General Manager of Industry and Mobile Devices at Osram Opto Semiconductors.
“Our cutting-edge, infrared LED technologies are making vehicles more individualized for passengers than ever before by bringing the latest biometric identification applications to the automotive industry.”
The concept vehicle also leverages LED-based projection lighting to welcome passengers with red carpet treatment and provides safety advice for pedestrians. LEDs and lasers convert front and rear windows into information-rich screens for conveying marketing messages or communicating with the vehicle’s surroundings. LED license plates can be customized with the driver’s information to accommodate future car sharing regulations.
“As we enter a new era of autonomous vehicles, lighting will become even more important,” said Wolfgang Lex, Vice President and General Manager of Automotive at Osram Opto Semiconductors. “Suddenly, the car is not just a car. It’s an office on wheels, a library, a living room, or an art studio where you can paint a picture during your commute hours. Logically, cars will need lighting that’s appropriate for all these activities and more.”
Biomonitoring on smart watches will connect to the Rinspeed vehicle to assist passengers experiencing a sudden health issue. Finally, high-power UV LEDs disinfect Snap after each use to prevent the spread of germs.