Mobility technology company, Magna has announced the introduction of a new innovative lighting technology that has first gone into the all-electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4.
With the new Surface Element Lighting technology, Magna is pushing vehicle design possibilities, claimed the company and said the new animated lighting technology offers a new palette of options for automotive designers.
The Surface Element Lighting is contained within a compact package, providing a homogeneous appearance and customisable, affordable LED lighting options for exterior vehicle applications, explained the company.
Elaborating further, the company said at a minimum thickness of just 4 mm, individual compact LED panels can be packaged into tight spaces and situated in near-endless configurations. The surrounding frame of the lit element can be modified to create unique 3D panels enabling styling freedom.
Animations in the new lighting technology are customisable, and can be created within individual elements or in groups. These include, lock/unlock, greet/goodbye, charge indicator, start-up and turn signal indicator. Designers also have the option to offer consumers a greater level of personalisation, by giving them a choice of different pre-programmed lighting animations.
John O’Hara, President, Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors, Lighting and Magna Electronics said the OLED-like uniformity offered by the Surface Element Lighting at a fraction of the cost is a game-changer in terms of design and customisation.
This new technology builds on Magna’s current portfolio that includes lighting solutions found on more than 140 vehicle models today.