Matrix tail light
The next expansion stage of the customisable signature is the matrix tail light. It shows the functional range of tomorrow's tail lights. Like the customisable tail light, the matrix tail light also has a static signature in the exterior area for legal reasons. The interior is equipped with a matrix that can be personalised in an even larger spectrum via an infotainment system or smartphone app. And not only by means of light graphics, but also – using a type of display – with symbols and text.
Individual displays will increase traffic safety
The matrix tail light opens up a new communication channel. Clear warnings such as a "snowflake" can be fed into the tail light cluster via the matrix to indicate slippery roads. And not only manually by the driver, but also automatically via car-to-X communication. In this context, it would also be possible, for example, to give early warning of the end of a traffic jam and thus help prevent accidents. It will also be important that assisted – i.e. driverless – moving cars communicate with their surroundings via tail lights .
Electric cars indicate the charge state via tail light
Countless other functions are, of course, conceivable too. A coming-home or leaving-home scenario could be personalised and controlled by an app. Electric vehicles could display the current charge level via tail lights. The advantage is that no other component would have to be integrated into the car for electric vehicles because a tail light is always present. The technologies for the new matrix tail light are largely ready for series production. As soon as the corresponding legislation permits its use, final implementation could start. Of course, the matrix tail light could also be updated – a spectrum of around 100 different signatures is certainly conceivable.