Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show

Light-emitting diodes are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.

Charles Murray

January 28, 2014

1 Min Read
Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.

Many of today's vehicles use LED-based center high-mount stop lamps, headlights, and taillights. But the LED penetration has gone beyond such basics. The new Acura TLX prototype, for example, has a row of LED lights on its mirrors. Cadillac places LEDs on the rear decklid of its CTS sedan. Ford has even put them on the door sill plate of its Mustang. And many other manufacturers use LEDs for daytime running lamps, fog lamps, and for eyebrows above the headlights.

At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we saw these LEDs firsthand. From pickup trucks to sports cars to luxury sedans, we offer a few of the latest and greatest. Click the Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupe below to start the slideshow.

Mercedes-Benz's Concept S-Class Coupe employs LED lighting all around, but nowhere in more striking fashion than in the interior. Mercedes said the blue was chosen to convey a "sporty and modern" look.
(Source: Mercedes-Benz)

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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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