Superintegrator lighting system

ZKW and LG create novel vehicle front

20. Januar 2023, 9:17 Uhr | Irina Hübner
Das System kann seinen Fahrer am Display begrüßen, aber auch Akkustand oder Statusmeldungen anzeigen.
The system can greet its driver on the display, but also show battery status or status messages.
© ZKW Group

The Superintegrator concept from ZKW and LG Electronics Vehicle component Solutions is an intelligent system of LED light and display that enables a completely new vehicle front. With the help of software, the front can shine in any design or display messages.

Several high-end technologies merge

The name Superintegrator is derived from the combination of different technologies. For example, the light guide technology that implements the daytime running light, position light and direction indicator comes from LG. The complete lighting technology, including the communication display, was developed by ZKW. The futuristic design of the Superintegrator was created by LG Electronics Design Department.

»Hello Mr. Berger«

With the system, it is possible, for example, for the vehicle to greet its driver on the display (»Hello Mr. Berger«) when the driver approaches the vehicle. The display can also show the battery status and status messages for electric vehicles. In the case of cabs, the system could greet passengers by name and light carpet to help them find the vehicle they have ordered.

Customizable daytime running lights

Thanks to software control, part of the display can also be used for customizable daytime running lights, allowing passengers to travel with their own light appearance. »For vehicles that are now on the market, the extended staging of the center area of the front is particularly interesting,« explains Dr. Wilhelm Steger, CEO of the ZKW Group.

Illuminate, communicate, project

In the future, it should be possible to use the concept for extended light staging, but also for communication with other road users. This is particularly interesting for automated vehicles. With additional sensors, the functions of the superintegrator could be expanded even further.

For example, it could tell other road users that the vehicle is currently in automated mode, or communicate messages such as »I saw you« to ensure safety. »With the integrated display, the Superintegrator fills the gap of the lack of communication between autonomous vehicles and other road users,« says Dr. Steger.

First presentation at this year's CES

The new Superintegrator concept was presented for the first time at this year's CES. ZKW also showed other innovative headlight systems, such as the new crystal light for the BMW i7, which was developed in cooperation with Swarovski. »CES is very important for us, because we want to continue to grow together with LG in the NAFTA region,« emphasizes Dr. Steger.

Unique crystal spotlight

The crystal light of the new all-electric BMW i7 supports daytime running lights and turn signals. In doing so, it creates a vibrant, sparkling glow that impresses with »welcome-and-goodbye« lighting effects. The premium crystal light was developed at the headquarters of the lighting systems specialist in Wieselburg, and is manufactured at the Krusovce site in Slovakia, with the crystals coming from Austria.

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