Entidad financiadora: 

Financiado por el 6PM de la Unión Europea (FP6-SUSTDEV SUSTDEV-2002- )-Design and manufacturing technologies to improve vehicle/vessel interfaces

Fecha comienzo: 
De Miércoles, 1 Octubre 2003 hasta Sábado, 30 Septiembre 2006
Integrated Solid-state Light Engine for use in automotive forward lighting and information exchange between vehicles and infrastructure

Desarrollo de una nueva tecnología para los faros delanteros de los coches utilizando LEDs como fuente de luz y al que se añade un sistema de comunicación entre vehículos o entre vehículo y baliza de la carretera.


El objetivo principal del proyecto es diseñar un faro de coche que cumpla la normativa europea de diagrama de emisión de luz utilizando LEDs como fuente de luz, dotado de un sistema de comunicación entre vehículos o entre el vehículo y las balizas situadas a los lados de la carretera, a través de los propios faros.

Como resultado se pretende disponer de faros para coches que mejoren la sostenibilidad de los automóviles, incrementen la seguridad en la carretera, optimicen el uso de la energía y mejoren la protección de los peatones.


The main objective is to define the ability of an LED system to provide communication modes for other vehicles or traffic safety devices – measured by the new ability to communicate during different driving conditions. This will be achieved by:

  • validating the chip-on-board LED array with a primary optic moulded over the LED array, measured by an automotive qualification schedule
  • researching the best methods for converting multiple blue chip array into white chip array, measured by meeting colour temperature and rendering requirements
  • defining the best colour temperature and rendering for automotive driving
  • creating the most efficient optical system while understanding system trade-offs, measured by optical simulations and photometric measurements
  • defining the best method to electrically drive an LED system and integrate electronics in a vehicle format with respect to the modulation of the LED-array for communication
  • developing over-moulding technology for chip-on-board modules to produce a complete lamp within one injection-moulding shot
  • creating a system integration for the ISLE project in an automotive environment, measured by cost studies and automotive qualification schedule.

Description of work

In the first phase, the consortium concentrated on finding convertible concepts, which meet both the individual excellence of each partner and the overall project goal. The central elements were:

  • the LED architecture with respect to the requirements of the beam pattern forming optical elements
  • finding a suitable possibility to perform communication without any losses in light
  • definition of the required components
  • efforts in making LED headlamps legal.

The work was organised and the interfaces defined, the best suitable concepts were selected and implemented accordingly. From the first results optimisation loops have begun.


Results achieved so far:

  • first samples of white LED have been manufactured performing with a correlated colour temperature below 4 500°K
  • the communication concept has been implemented and its feasibility was approved in the laboratory
  • the integrated optical concept, which is based on the coupling between refractive and reflective optical components, was turned into a first sample for a high beam module and the low beam is on the way
  • a novel concept of laminating high-reflective coating on plastic optics was developed to substitute Al-coating
  • an electronic driver circuit on a lower scale integration with all the necessary functionality was developed
  • a liquid cooling system for the thermal management inside the headlamp was developed.

Expected end results

At the end, the consortium will present a fully functional headlamp device using LED as a light source, performing a high and low beam. The out coming light will be able to be modulated in order to communicate information to the infrastructure. The device will provide outline dimensions in accordance with the space generally available in today’s cars. It will be capable of being mounted on a test rack in front of a vehicle.

It is expected that the additional knowledge built up during the project will enable each partner to have further commercial benefits or, in case of public bodies, reputation and contacts with industry.

Ingeniería óptica