Gerd Bahnmüller, Vice President Research and Development, Automotive Lighting_
How can you keep pace with your competitors in all areas – particularly with regard to lighting design?
We have led the way in the automotive lighting segment for many years, delivering the best products and highest quality to our customers around the world. We have also spent many years working intensively with reliable partners. For example, OSRAM is currently the only company in the world to deliver series production-ready laser modules for front headlamps to the market. Several automobile manufacturers are working with us in this area to establish this technology within vehicle lighting, and demand for laser systems is steadily rising.
We have been developing and producing ‘matrix headlamps’ for a number of automobile manufacturers for several years. This technology allows drivers to have their high beam constantly activated without dazzling oncoming traffic. Despite still being a technology of the future, another growth market is that of ‘assisted driving’ and, in the medium term, self-driving cars. This technology relies on high-performance optical sensors and will take vehicle lighting in a new direction. This upcoming technology opens up interesting new perspectives for our customers and partners.