Wieselburg, Germany based automotive lighting specialist ZKW said it was supplying Volvo with LED headlamps for the EX90 electric SUV.

They are digital HD light modules with 1.3m pixel resolution for a precisely controllable light image. The light adapts dynamically to the traffic and blends out other road users.

The headlights are an evolution of the design first used on the second generation XC90 in 2015. The LED light elements of the daytime running lights form the hammer-shaped design with the head divided into six light segments, while the stem is formed by 10 other elements.

When main lighting comes on, the hammer splits horizontally and the main headlight becomes visible.

As the basis for the headlamp, ZKW uses a ‘Segment Light’ module which combines matrix high beam and low beam. The signal light system combines daytime running light, position light and indicator light in a compact form. The daytime running light is movable thanks to innovative kinematics which gives the latest Volvo SUV a unique appearance.

When the vehicle is unlocked, the individual headlight elements flash one after the other before flipping open to reveal the high beam with a flashing effect.

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The smart headlight was developed by ZKW in Germany but is manufactured at company factories in Silao, Mexico and Dalian, China.

“By using recycled plastic granulates and aluminium made from 40% recycled raw materials, we are also making a major contribution to sustainability,” the supplier said.

The system had to withstand at least 500,000 opening and closing cycles under all environments and the horizontal part of the daytime running light must have reached its end position within 500 milliseconds in order to release the main light functions. Low weight of the moving parts was also required.