SOUTH KOREA: Mobis develops 'intelligent lighting system'
Mobis says it has succeeded in developing AILS (Active Intelligent Lighting System), the country's first intelligent lighting system that interacts with navigation to automatically control the lighting system.
AILS receives road information from the navigation, using it to predict the route and thus automatically control the headlights on curved sections/crossroads, without requiring the driver's operation. In other words, the headlamps, which function as the driver's eyes when driving at night, are now capable of reading the road.
AILS minimises lighting dead zones by the prior adjusting of the angle of light to accommodate the direction of driving on curved road sections and also lights an extra lamp on left and right side on crossroads. Plus, it identifies road type and then automatically switches to one of three different lighting modes (general/downtown/highway) to, for example, maximise the visibility range on the left and right side in downtown areas where there is adequate street lighting, while extending the visibility range to the front rather than to the side on the highway.
Through vehicle testing, Mobis has verified that AILS, which took a year and seven months to develop, is able to automatically control the angle of headlight and turn on an extra lamp 40~100m before entering a curved road section/crossroads and that it thus improves the driver's cognitive ability in terms of the road ahead.
Considering that the driver's visibility when driving at night can be reduced by up to 50% and is heavily dependent on headlights, AILS, which minimises possible lighting dead zones ahead one second in advance, is expected to contribute greatly to accident prevention as it improves the cognitive ability of both drivers and pedestrians at night.
Mobis integrated its proprietary advanced lamp technology that it accumulated through the country's first commercialisation of LED Full AFLS last year (2012) after the commercialisation of HID Full AFLS in 2011 and its genuine navigation technology. The excellence of the latter, in particular, was recognised to such an extent that it marked the upper ranks in the recent J.D. Power's US Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study. Through this integration that optimises both the navigation and lighting systems, the company has succeeded in developing a new convergence technology.
Given that AILS has been applied to only a few German premium automobile mobile has and, even then, only featuring the ability to switch lighting for crossroads, suffice it to say that Mobis' technology, through implementing the full-range of AILS features, has succeeded in achieving the world's top level.
"As the automobile becomes digitalised, the convergence of all kinds of technologies is actively promoted and AILS is a successful example that represents such convergence. We hope to build on the momentum generated by this development of AILS to move forward and lead the market with a variety of new convergence technologies", said vice president Lee Bonghwan, head of Mobis R&D centre.
Meanwhile, Mobis plans to hold a briefing session for domestic and international complete automobile manufacturers and actively promote a sales marketing campaign.