Laser light-source headlamps in development
HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., a supplier of lighting and electronic products for the automotive industry, and the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors are developing a prototype for high-definition headlamps with a laser light source. The development comes as a part of the HipE (highly innovative pixilated phosphors for laser-based emissions in headlamps) research project that began in March 2016.
Co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) over a period of three years, the goal is to create an efficient and high-luminance headlamp that meets the ever-increasing need for high-definition lighting systems that reduce installation space, increase efficiency, improve light quality, and safety. The companies state that using a laser light source would mean smaller installation elements and, therefore, a more compact headlamp design.
The ultimate goal is to push the technologies developed during the project toward series production readiness.
More information can be found at www.hella.com.