- New technologies, such as LED Full AFLS•HBA, are now being successfully deployed on a commercial scale, and integrated into the Kia Motors K9 - Customized head lamps that are suited to driving conditions, automatic control of the angle and brightness of light, automatic switchover from main beam to dipped beam
Owing to its continued success in the development of new and advanced technologies, MOBIS is growing into an international powerhouse in the field of car lamps. Achieving a first for the Korean car industry, MOBIS has succeeded in developing Full AFLS (Adaptive Front Lighting System), which automatically adjusts the angle and brightness of car lamps depending on the driving conditions, and HBA (High Beam Assistance), which automatically switches main beams to dipped.
Without the need for drivers to manually operate it, Full AFLS automatically controls the angle and intensity of illumination depending on various driving conditions, including rough weathers, various road conditions, highways, crossroads and curved roads. This technology is a great step forward compared to the usual AFLS, which adjusts the light of headlights according to the direction in which the steering wheel moves on a curve in the road.
For example, in urban areas where streetlights have been installed, or in downtown areas where there’s sufficient light, Full AFLS prevents from accidents that may otherwise be caused by blind spots at the side or the car, by swiveling the light across a wide possible span of distribution on either side of the car, rather than by reducing the intensity of the beam lights facing straight ahead. In order to secure a long range view on the expressway, it also concentrates and casts its light across a greater distance by reducing the angle of beam lights. When it rains, it adjusts the direction of the beam and reduces the light’s glare to prevent drivers in the opposite direction from being blinded by lights reflected in the raindrops.
MOBIS’s success in making a Korean automotive industry first with its development of LED Full AFLS follows the country’s first commercialization of HID Full AFLS last year. MOBIS has completed the development of technology that can implement all the features of LED Full AFLS, while, using part of its features, the company is now looking to use this new product for the K9, the luxury car model made by Kia Motors. It is the very first case in which LEF Full AFLS is installed in a car manufactured in Korea.
MOBIS is one of the few companies worldwide that have succeeded in the commercialization of HID/LED Full AFLS and is the only company in Korea that has successfully deployed HID/LED Full AFLS on a commercial scale. In particular, LED Full AFLS is a leading-edge technology that is applied in only some of the European premium vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and BMW. LED, which can be used semi-permanently, reduces driver tiredness, while also providing a clear view of the road with its lights, which are similar in clarity to those of the sun, and additionally benefiting from improved fuel efficiency compared to HID.
HBA is a technology, which automatically switches main beams to dipped, allowing cars to turn on their main beams in dark environments and to switch to dipped in bright places, without the need for the driver to have to remember to switch it manually. When it senses either a vehicle moving in the same direction ahead or else coming from the opposite direction, it automatically switches to dipped beams, and only turns on the main beams after the other vehicle has driven past. A camera placed on the windshield ahead of the overhead mirror senses the movement of vehicles ahead or coming from the opposite direction and determines whether to switch from main beams to dipped or vice versa.
HBA makes driving more comfortable as it secures a better view of the road ahead, without the need for any fiddly flicking of the beam lights-switch. Plus, it prevents accidents as it minimizes the oncoming driver’s chance of being blinded by the car’s main beams. HBA is used in only some premium vehicles, including those of Mercedes-Benz and Audi, while Hyundai MOBS, the country’s first company to develop HBA, is planning to fit it in the Kia Motors K9.
With this, MOBIS has the capability to supply all kinds of advanced lamps that meet the demands of both domestic and international car markers and, indeed, it is currently working round the clock to implement marketing strategies that include technology seminars and exhibitions aimed at major domestic/international car markers. In February, LED Full AFLS received a favorable review at the automobile parts exhibition and technology seminar, co-hosted at Chrysler’s Head Office in the United States by firms, with which MOBIS works closely in cooperation.
“Our success in developing LED Full AFSL and HBA proves that we have reached an equal footing with the world’s top players in the field of car lamps” said Lee Bonghwan, the company’s Vice President in R&D. “We will continue to work to develop new technologies, including smart-lights that prevent drivers from being blinded by glare while on main beam, whenever a vehicle ahead or coming from the opposite direction is detected”.
Meanwhile, that MOBIS supplies various lamps, including LED lamps, to global automakers, including BMW, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Mitsubishi and Subaru, is testament for its high technical skills.