Technologies | Micro-LEDs | LED Modules | Systems | Automotive | Dec 03, 2019

Hella Announces Development of High-Resolution Lighting System Digital Light SSL|HD

With the new high-resolution lighting system "Digital Light SSL|HD", the lighting and electronics expert HELLA is making a further significant contribution to greater safety and comfort in road traffic. With this lighting technology, more than 30,000 pixels can be controlled intelligently and individually, thus bringing about numerous new safety functions like optical lane markings. Furthermore, original equipment manufacturers and end customers can use SSL|HD technology to implement and experience further options allowing enhanced individualisation, such as coming and leaving home animations as well as communication functions.

Main Features:
•    New lighting technology opens up a wide range of applications: optical lane assistant, for example, supports safe vehicle guidance
•    Consistent further development and miniaturisation of matrix LED systems creates new degree of freedom in vehicle design
•    Large-scale production for SSL|HD technology will start in 2022 following successful acquisition

"Automotive lighting technology continues to gain in importance. We are setting a new milestone in this direction and bringing the next generation of headlamps onto the market with our digital SSL|HD light," explains Dr. Frank Huber, member of the HELLA management board and responsible for the global lighting business. "The focus of this latest innovation for us is always the direct customer benefit. With these new lighting functionalities, we want to create an optimal view of the road, increase the safety factor in road traffic and further enhance comfort for drivers and passengers alike."

Lighting system implements new safety-enhancing functions

The SSL|HD lighting technology not only further improves established lighting functions such as adaptive, glare-free high beam, it also enables additional light-based safety functions, for instance in the form of an optical lane assistant. This can, for example, indicate the optimum lane to take when driving past road works and thus provide the driver with additional support in order to achieve safe and stable vehicle guidance. Another possible safety-enhancing functionality is the projection of protection areas for cyclists or pedestrians.

The "Digital Light SSL|HD" also makes it possible to open up perspectives for new business models. Against this backdrop, HELLA offers original equipment manufacturers the option of freely programming lighting functions or developing new business models on a pay-per-use basis. Certain lighting functionalities are always stored in the vehicle, but are only activated on request in line with individual user requirements, and can for example be controlled and paid for via a mobile device.

"Digital Light SSL|HD" to go into series production in 2022

"Digital Light SSL|HD" is a consistent further development and miniaturisation of existing matrix LED systems. Together with an enlarged light-emitting surface, the significantly higher number of pixels in particular is the basis for a multitude of new functionalities. The more than 30,000 light points are generated by light sources just the size of a fingernail. The SSL|HD technology therefore requires less installation space but nevertheless provides greater efficiency while also giving vehicle manufacturers more freedom in their individual design of vehicles. A first customer order from a European premium manufacturer for large-scale production has already been acquired. Series production will commence in 2022.

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About HELLA:

HELLA is a global, family-owned company listed on the stock exchange that employs roughly 39,000 members of staff at over 125 locations in some 35 countries. The HELLA Group develops and manufactures lighting and electronic components as well as systems and, as a technology leader, is an important partner of the automotive industry and the aftermarket for more than one hundred years. In the Special Applications segment, HELLA furthermore develops products for specialist vehicles. Additionally, HELLA works together with further industry partners, for example in the form of joint ventures as well as in open collaborations. With almost 8,000 people working in research and development, HELLA is one of the most important innovation drivers on the market. HELLA has achieved sales of
€ 7.0 billion in fiscal year 2018/2019.