OLED is a new display and lighting technology - used to create thin, efficient and bright displays and lighting panels. OLEDs can be made flexible, and transparent, and so open the way for new, exciting display applications. One of the possible markets for OLEDs is the automotive industry.
Where will OLED be used in future cars?
We can see several applications for OLED displays and lighting systems in cars:
- Dashboard displays (instrument clusters, navigation, media)
- Heads up displays
- Internal lighting
- External lighting (tail lights, turn indicators)
- Digital rear-view internal mirrors
- More application we cannot think about today!
OLED displays for cars today
Currently we know of several car models that includes small PMOLED displays in the dashboard. The Lexus 2010 RX for example has a white OLED display, supplementing the main 8" display.
Audi's latest race car, the R18, uses an AMOLED display as a digital rear-view mirror:
OLED lighting in cars
The automotive market is one of the most interesting markets for OLED lighting, and many believe this will be one of the first markets to adopt the next generation lighting technology. OLEDs provide soft, uniform area lighting and can be very company, safe, efficient and durable.
In past years we've seen several car companies (including BMW and Audi) showcase car concepts that adopt OLED lighting panels (made by Philips, LG Chem, Astron FIAMM and others). In the image above you can see Audi's March 2012 concept that uses OLED lighting panels (made by Philips) to create rear lights, turn indicators, external lighted "decorations".
Daimler's Smart Forvision concept EV uses transparent hybrid solar-OLED panels on the roof. Those hexagonal see-through panels generate energy during the day and provide internal lighting during the night:
According to some companies, such as Philips, OSRAM, BMW and Astron FIAMM, we should expect the first car that uses OLED lighting as tail lights on the road at about 2016. The first cars to use this new lighting will probably be a high end premium model, but as usually happens, OLEDs will gradually be adopted by more consumer level cars.
OLED-Info's Automotive OLEDs Market Report
If you're interested in this market, check out our market report on Automotive OLEDs. The report discusses the current OLED display and lighting automotive markets, with a complete list of OLED display and lighting makers that are involved with the automotive market, with personal contact details.
The OLED Automotive Market Report explains:
- What kind of OLED displays are currently adopted in cars
- Why OLED lighting is exciting for car makers
- The future of Automotive OLED display
- OLED concepts and forecasts by BMW, Audi and others
The latest OLED Cars News:
- Audi finally unveils the TT RS 2016 with its OLED lighting
- ITRI shows 30 new OLED lamp designs and automotive OLED prototypes
- Audi says it is on track to release the world's first serially-produced car with OLED lighting
- LG Display to build a Gen-5 OLED lighting fab, mass production expected by H1 2017
- OSRAM shows a new flexible OLED based concept
- Mercedes to adopt LG's 12.3" flexible OLEDs in future E-Class automobiles
- OLED-Info's flexible, automotive, microdisplays and transparent OLED market reports updated to March 2016