Hyundai Mobis announced it has developed ‘lighting grille’ technology that implements an LED lighting function in front grille of a car. Scoring on the first impression, this is said to integrate other new ‘grille integral active air flap’ technology. The company boasts on the new technologies as outcomes of its R&D efforts in response to trends in electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles.
The company has developed ‘lighting grille’ that uses the entire front grille of the cars as lighting device characterised by ability to implement various scenarios such as autonomous driving mode, EV charging mode, welcome light function, sound beat display or warning light. The scope of the technology extends to use as communication signals with other vehicles and pedestrians. The company said this new technology is now being verified for reliability before commercialisation and is expecting mass production next year.
The ‘moving grille’ is designed to automatically control external air to cool down the engine as the grille motion provides lighting function. This feature is boasted to improve fuel efficiency and reduce exhaust gas unlike the existing methods built in methods.
“We are making constant efforts to develop new technologies that can meet customer needs in response to the changes in future car trends,” said Lee Woo-il, head of the Module Lab of Hyundai Mobis. “We will pre-empt the global market with innovative products that combine a high level of technology readiness with emotional quality.”
Hyundai Mobis had earlier developed a virtual engine sound system that uses the automotive grille.