What Might Automotive Lights Look Like in Future?
When it comes to automotive light designs, a few occasionally catch your eye.
Like the sweeping indicator lights from some years ago. Those still are impressive. I think Audi SUVs were among the first to have them.
And you occasionally see some very strange designs. Like those on the Toyota Innova Crysta. What I call vampire taillights.
That said, indicator lights on a lot of vehicles seem a bit too small to be safely spotted at a distance.
And in general, most headlights and taillights are beginning to look boring and similar now.
Got me wondering if designers were close to exhausting shape/ design possibilities with the current technology?
They seem to have tried most imaginable possibilities in triangular, circular and trapezoidal.
If I were to predict what might be next in automotive light design, I’d imagine they will be light modules covered by the vehicle body, allowing designers to play with more shapes/ patterns by cutting out the body itself, without being limited by the available lighting tech and shapes, or ending up looking similar to the competition.
There have been aftermarket products like this chrome-effect, ABS Plastic cover above, that addresses this need. But perhaps going forward, it will become an integrated part of the manufacturing process itself, making use of the car body to create more unique light cluster designs.
Do you feel there’s room for improvement in the existing vehicle lights cluster?
A 2020 Hyundai Sonata here with interesting but not completely unique taillights.