- Product competitiveness lies in 50% lighter weight and 30% lower price compared to competition - KRW 3 billion investment over 18 months yields success in localization of Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS)
Hyundai Mobis is strengthening its technological competitiveness by localizing the production of a front lighting system based on artificial intelligence. At the general meeting of shareholders held on the 17th, Hyundai Mobis succeeded in obtaining approval for a merger with Hyundai Autonet, the nation’s leader in automotive electronics. That pushes Hyundai Mobis closer to the goal of becoming one of the global top 10 auto parts producers.
Hyundai Mobis has recently succeeded in localizing the Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFLS), a cutting-edge front lighting system also known as “adaptive headlamps,” and expressed its intent to take the technology to penetrate not only the local market, but also the global market.
This is a state-of-the-art intelligent front lighting system that enables safe driving by adjusting to changes in road condition, weather conditions, and driving conditions to provide the driver with optimal lighting and maximum visual range.
The system that Hyundai Mobis has succeeded in localizing has cut the price by 30% and the weight by 50% compared to the existing systems, strengthening cost competitiveness and fuel economy. Unlike the existing systems, Hyundai Mobis’ lighting system is designed to move up and down and sideways as a single integrated module. That helps Hyundai to reduce the size of the units, gives much more freedom to the designing of the lamps, and enables application to diverse car types and models.
On top of the features of the existing lamp systems that move up and down and sideways, the new system provides diverse functions that help to adapt to different situations. For drivers on highways at night, the lighting system is designed to cover longer distance to compensate for the reduced visibility. For drivers in the city at night, the system is designed to capture more broad visibility without causing blinding effect to oncoming traffic.
Hyundai Mobis has become the first Korean company to develop a complete AFLS that helps the driver to secure visibility for optimal driving conditions in unfavorable weather conditions, such as rain or fog. Furthermore, at intersections, the lighting system ensures visibility over a broader area, shedding as much light as possible over the intersection for protection of pedestrians.
This is only the beginning for Hyundai Mobis. The front lighting system, which is the fruit of KRW 3 billion in investment over 18 months, will help the auto parts supplier to create diverse lamp designs. Hyundai Mobis also plans to develop AFLS using LED lamps, which have been increasingly gaining popularity for their outstanding energy efficiency features.
At the same time, Hyundai Mobis intends to keep abreast of the various demands from customers by incorporating automotive electronics technology in developing cutting-edge lamp systems that place priority on the safety and convenience of the customers.
Hyundai Mobis plans to actively market and sell the new advanced front lighting system to both Korean finished auto producers and foreign finished carmakers. The new lamp system could provide the breakthrough for Hyundai Mobis in weathering the current global recession. Hyundai Mobis is determined to do all that it can as a “business that can survive crises.”
Since setting up a lamp plant in the Jiangsu region in China in 2005, Hyundai Mobis has been taking orders from, and supplying to, foreign auto parts businesses and finished carmakers, including Changsha Zhongtai Motors of China, which ordered lamps worth USD 30 million.
According to the Road Traffic Authority (ROTA) of Korea, among the fatal traffic accidents in conjunction with moving vehicles, only 2-3% occur during the day, while 40% occur during night time. A large portion of traffic accidents take place in local roads with poor driving conditions or on curvy roads where visibility is compromised at night time. Therefore, advanced front lighting systems, such as AFLS, are urgently required to ensure the safety of both the passengers and pedestrians.