Photonics enhances vehicle safety and comfort

  • Hamamatsu Photonics Europe

Hamamatsu Photonics plays a key role in modern vehicle safety and comfort by developing high-quality optical sensors. These sensors play diverse roles in improving our driving experience while keeping us safe.

For instance, illuminance sensors adjust auto headlights according to ambient light, while color sensors enhance display and interior lighting, influencing a driver’s mood and attentiveness. Encoder modules provide precise speed and direction signals for vehicle control systems. Additionally, optical networks, employing photo ICs, are increasingly vital as the automotive industry shifts towards electric vehicles, demanding faster data transmission. Photo ICs for optical links are also useful for tackling environmental challenges by monitoring certain key factors of the battery cell.

Finally, one of the most promising developments in recent years has been the use of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems. Increasingly important for today’s safety measures, it helps us detect obstacles so we can avoid collisions. 

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