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According to the manufacturer, the "world headlight" from Hella is used by a global premium manufacturer. The SSL 100 light module replaces up to twelve technically different headlight types that had to be developed and manufactured beforehand. A software control can activate each pixel of the LED headlights individually and enables the light distribution to be adapted to the respective regional regulations. This means that the identical headlight can optimally illuminate a traffic roundabout in right-hand or left-hand traffic, for example.

Hella is working on the further digitization of its lighting technology. LED headlights from 100 light pixels to high-resolution SSL / HD technologies with tens of thousands of light pixels are to be controlled with software in the future. "This also includes additional functions such as the glare-free high beam or projected orientation lines on the road," says Dr. Michael Kleinkes, responsible for global lighting technology development at Hella. Series production of the headlight takes place in the Mexican Hella plant as well as in China. In an interview with Dr. Markus Richter, Head of Company Spokesman and Investor Relations at Hella, let's take a look at the future of glare-free headlight technology.

LED light module SSL 100

gcm: The new SSL 100 light module can replace up to twelve technically different types of headlights. What are the advantages for the automobile manufacturer?

Dr. Markus Richter: The way headlights can illuminate the roadway varies from country to country. Therefore different optical systems have to be developed and manufactured by the manufacturers. Then there is the distinction between right-hand and left-hand traffic. For example, up to twelve technically different headlight types may be required for a global vehicle model. This is no longer necessary with the world headlamp, as the SSL 100 light module can be controlled by software and flexibly adapted to regional requirements. This reduces complexity for automobile manufacturers - not only in development, but also in production. The supply of repair parts, for example after an accident, is easier because there is only one headlight variant.

gcm: What opportunities and market potential does Hella see for this new light module?

Dr. Markus Richter: Reducing the costs and complexity for development and production is becoming increasingly important, especially in the current challenging market situation. Another plus: the light module brings absolute top lighting functionality to the road. Because the intelligent and individually controllable LED pixels enable the adaptive, glare-free high beam. In addition, the module opens up the opportunity to implement new features such as coming and leaving home animations. This can also be done remotely afterwards via software updates - be it from the manufacturer, from workshops or even from the driver himself.

Hella SSL 100 headlight module - Copyright HELLA
Hella SSL 100 headlight module - Copyright HELLA

gcm: The motor vehicle market will develop in the direction of electromobility over the next decade. What developments and innovations can you expect from Hella in the coming years?

Dr. Markus Richter: Hella is consistently positioning itself in line with the major market trends of electromobility, autonomous driving and digitization. In light of this, we are continuously working on high-resolution, software-based headlight technologies. The focus is primarily on adaptive lighting functions that ensure a balance between optimal visibility for the driver and active energy management in the vehicle. Through the targeted control of pixels, for example, individual LEDs can be switched off if, for example, there is sufficient ambient lighting in city traffic. The aim is to further increase the number of pixels in order to be able to implement new safety and comfort-related functions with regard to autonomous driving. Our innovative, high-resolution lighting system "SSL | HD “(Solid State Lighting | High Definition) with 30.000 pixels not only enables the implementation of adaptive, glare-free high beam, but also additional safety functions such as an optical lane assistant, the projection of protection zones for cyclists or pedestrians. In addition, Hella is pushing the development of new body and interior lighting concepts. Innovative lighting solutions in this area help to give vehicles a unique design and can also provide optical support for driver assistance systems.


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