Never heard of Human Horizons? You better should. The China-based manufacturer of premium, all-electric cars has announced an innovative lighting solution for its upmarket HiPhi X BEV that is unparalleled in the Western automotive industry. This lighting system comprises dual-core modules with programmable matrix lighting (PML) and intelligent signal display (ISD) panels.
PML is equipped with an electronic control unit (ECU) capable of directly controlling the headlight and its associated micro-mirrors. When the vehicle’s infrared camera detects a pedestrian or any other traffic participant, the ECU will compute an appropriate solution within milliseconds: The path and brightness of the light is changed by modifying the angle of the micro-mirrors, thereby allowing an adaptive lighting approach which ultimately provides for safer driving.
HiPhi X is the first model in the industry to combine infrared night vision technology and smart headlamps in this way. The night vision capability allows the PML to detect objects and people with more precision and allows the light to shine further. HiPhi X can simultaneously perform real-time detection on up to six entities including pedestrians and vehicles within 400 meters range at night.
The mechanism that controls the light and mirrors utilizes electricity instead of traditional hydraulic or mechanical methods. This enables greater speed and accuracy and enhances service-life. The PML also enables the projection of text, images, and video footage. The projections can be provided for various use cases including festival light shows, customizable user images, or movies.
What’s more, the HiPhi X enables users to program their lights. They can customize them using the editing interface or mobile application. The related control application is also able to accommodate over-the-air (OTA) updates.
PML enables the lights to adapt based on the speed of the vehicle; automatically switching between four driving lighting modes: standard low, urban high, standard high, and cluster high. It can also detect the driving conditions and adjust to six unique lighting features: vehicle tracking, trajectory prediction, lane departure warning, lane change alert.
To remove excess heat, the carmaker utilizes an advanced liquid cooling system. This ensures the vehicle lights system continues to operate normally even with extreme external temperatures ranging from as low as -40 and high as 100 degrees Celsius.
The vehicle carries four LED matrixes formed by 1712 LEDs; one on each corner. The ISD smart interactive light is designed with dynamic interactive graphics for seven primary driving situations: forward collision warning, rear collision warning, U-turn indicator, charging status monitor, vehicle lock reminder, remote control auto parking monitor, and pedestrian yield reminder.
HiPhi X will be launched this month at Auto China in Beijing, with production planned at the end of 2020, and delivery starting from 2021.
More information: www.human-horizons.com