LED Tech Promotes BEV and ADAS Development, Says Hella

Light-weighting of electronic components and greater use of LED is one of the ways automakers can improve range and performance for future BEVs.

Neil Hilton from Hella Lights told TU-Automotive that owing to the decreased power draw and weight of wiring from LED systemsBEV efficiencies are improved. “LED headlights use a lot less power. So the wiring can be smaller to that particular component, reducing the weight. If the power draw and the weight is less, then the battery can be smaller, which is another added weight on a vehicle. So it’s a chain effect, just fitting something as simple as LED headlights has so many benefits.”

As an added benefit, manufacturers install them as the camera they use to automatically control light intensity so they can also be used to control semi-autonomous or ADAS features. Hilton said: “From a manufacturer perspective, the light intensity has to be controlled with a camera, but they can also use this for autonomous functions such as lane departure.”

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