Osram and Rinspeed showcase MetroSnap concept vehicle

January 06, 2020 //By Julien Happich
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Osram is the exclusive lighting supplier for MetroSnap, the latest concept vehicle from Swiss creative think tank Rinspeed. This is the fourth consecutive year that Osram has supported the Rinspeed concept vehicle with automotive lighting and sensing applications, helping to illuminate the future of driving.

Unveiled during CES 2020, the electric MetroSnap vehicle has a unique swapping system that allows its chassis, known as a “skateboard,” to connect two different body types or “pods.”
MetroSnap features Osram components for lighting and sensing applications in and around the vehicle that provide solutions within the categories of Mobility, Safety and Security, Connection, and Health and Well-Being. These technologies will be critical in creating an autonomous world and shaping the third living space by using dynamic and human centric lighting, as well as bio-monitoring and biometric applications enabled by infrared light sources.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Rinspeed on another amazing concept vehicle that reimagines the act of driving,” said Wolfgang Lex, Vice President and General Manager of Automotive at Osram Opto Semiconductors. “Lighting will increasingly be at the centre of the driving experience and Osram’s technologies will help usher in a new automotive future where cars are more than just a means of transportation, but also a place to relax, rejuvenate and work.”

On the exterior of MetroSnap, Osram has provided Eviyos LEDs, which features thousands of individually addressable pixels that project valuable information and warning symbols on the road for passengers and pedestrians. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology helps orient MetroSnap on the road using infrared laser pulses. Once a light pulse hits an object, it is registered by a sensor and the vehicle calculates the distance from the light to the object, then initiates appropriate actions such as braking. The company has also offered its intelligent display systems on the front and back of the vehicle, and even on windows, which allow for visual communications with other road users. LED license plates serve as supporting human-machine-interfaces and provide further possibilities for individualized driving experiences.

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