Hyundai Mobis has created its proprietary LED light technology capable of projecting traffic signs and warnings directly onto the road.
Hyundai Mobis has introduced an innovative technology utilizing 25,000 micro LEDs, GPS, and camera sensors to project road signs directly in front of vehicles. This technology, known as the Digital Micro Mirror Device (DMD), aims to greatly reduce nighttime car accidents and enhance safety for both drivers and pedestrians.
As the supplier of parts to the larger Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai Mobis has developed the capability to project road signs and pedestrian crossings up to 15 meters ahead of the driver using their DND technology. These projections can cover a distance of up to 1.5 meters. Additionally, this advanced technology can also provide visual indications of upcoming road conditions, such as roadworks areas, and even illuminate a path for pedestrians.
Utilizing LED lights measuring 0.04mm in width and an exceptionally precise controller, the system employs 0.01mm microscopic mirrors to project high-quality signs. With a density of 1.3 million digital mirrors, the lights create a reflective surface for the projection. Real-time traffic data, obtained through GPS navigation and camera sensors, is integrated into the system. This data enables the system to display timely and pertinent messages on the road, ensuring relevance and accuracy.
In addition to head-up display information, this technology can complement drivers during nighttime travel by helping them identify speed bumps and highway exits. Hyundai Mobis emphasizes the increasing significance of software technology that can seamlessly integrate multiple automotive components into a single device, particularly in the era of autonomous driving.
“Hyundai Mobis is at the forefront of lamp development and is actively working on advanced control technology for these lamps.”
However, the company has not announced a specific timeline for the implementation of this new technology in production vehicles. In contrast, Mercedes-Benz’s Digital Light system, which was introduced in 2018, is already being used in production vehicles such as the flagship S-Class.
Ford engineers in Europe had also unveiled a similar headlight technology last year that can project symbols onto the road. These advancements represent the latest technological developments presented by Hyundai Mobis, which will soon be integrated into vehicles across the wider Group.
Additionally, the company has showcased a rollable in-car display and an in-wheel motor system that enables cars to parallel park from a 180-degree angle.