Driving in a car on the freeway at night or riding a bike on a dark path through the park − these familiar situations are uncomfortable for many people. However, there is a solution: light. After all, light means being able to see, and being able to see properly means a safe trip.

Bike paths that light up when a cyclist approaches, headlights for cars that create ideal lighting conditions without blinding oncoming drivers, and street lights that think for themselves. We will be able to find our bearings, feel safe and secure, and arrive stress-free at our destination. This is the smart city of the future. Matthias Fiegler and Michael ­Neumann are working hard today to make smart cities the reality of tomorrow.

“Ensuring the right kind of light at the right place and time of day will definitely make our lives safer.” Matthias Fiegler, Head of Vertical Public Lighting & Smart City

“Streetlights are found everywhere you go in cities, which means a network is already in place that we can equip with smart technology to ensure greater safety and security,” Matthias Fiegler ex­plains. More and more cities are taking advantage of digitally connected streetlights. The best example of this is Oslo, which recently ordered tens of thousands of lights from OSRAM. The lights will provide information about outages and energy consumption, and they will shine reliably where they are needed.

“Sensors and cameras with additional infrared light are able to detect a growing number of things, helping us to arrive safely at our destinations.” Michael Neumann, Head of Business Field MATRIX

"See and be seen" is Michael Neumann's motto. Headlights in cars also play a key role when it comes to traffic safety. "Our Smartrix solution, for example, is a compact smart lighting system for the car. We use it to ensure optimum illumination ­of the road without blinding oncoming ­drivers." In the near future, there will also be smart instructions projected from the headlights directly onto the road, such as lane markings in narrow construction sites, snowflakes when the road is slick, and warnings in the event of danger. "Sensors and cameras with additional infrared light are able to detect a growing number of things, helping us to arrive safely at our destinations," Neumann says. Fiegler adds, "In the smart city of the future, headlights in cars could even communicate with streetlights. For ex­ample, sensors integrated in lampposts could detect vacant parking spaces and guide cars to them." Together, streetlights and headlights would then be able to enhance the flow of traffic and ensure that road users can see perfectly for even greater safety!


Driving at night with the new Jaguar E-Pace has never been safer: Since September, the new Jaguar E-Pace has come with intelligent Smartrix modules, backed by Matrix technology, that ensure optimum visibility for drivers in the dark and in bad weather.