Osram launches white LED range for automotive ambient lighting

New addition boats wide colour temperature range from 2700 to 6500 Kelvin

Car interiors are undergoing a fundamental image change leading to corresponding effects on design and integrated applications, according to OSRAM.

The Ostune LED family from Osram Opto Semiconductors now brings technological advancement and insights from the general lighting industry to the car.

The first two products cover a wide color temperature range and enable OEMs to offer distinctive light variants for their ambient lighting: from elegant, bluish cool white to cozy, reddish warm white.

The LEDs offer a coloring rending index (CRI) of more than 90, the highest CRI currently available for automotive applications.

From high-performance LEDs for headlights to infrared versions for driver monitoring and RGB solutions for interior lighting, LEDs are increasingly penetrating the market.

However, in the field of ambient lighting, halogen lamps are still often used today – which not only require significantly more energy, but also considerably more installation space.

Ostune E1608 and E3030 extend Osram’s broad portfolio for automotive interior lighting by offering a wide colour temperature range from 2700 to 6500 Kelvin.

In addition to the particularly compact dimensions of 1.6mm x 0.8mm x 0.6mm (E1608) and 3.0mm x 3.0mm x 0.65mm (E3030), the products offer outstanding color rendering in the car interior.

The Ostune E1608 covers the lower brightness range up to over 7 lumens, the E3030 the upper range up to over 70 lumens.

Hermann Senninger, marketing manager for automotive interior at Osram Opto Semiconductors said: “Ambient lighting is becoming increasingly important with each new generation of vehicles.

“With our Ostune product family, completely new designs are now possible transforming the atmosphere in the interior from a functional workplace to a cozy living room simply by adjusting the color temperature.”

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November brings further decline for new car market

Market suffers £1.3 billion revenue hit with 42,840 fewer new cars joining British roads last month

The UK new car market again saw a decline last month as registrations in November fell 27.4 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In a month when showrooms across England had to close due to new lockdown restrictions, the industry recorded 113,781 new registrations, taking trade back to levels last seen during the 2008 recession.

The decline was less severe than that seen during the first lockdown – when registrations fell by a record 97.3 per cent in April alone – largely because retailers and manufacturers were able to be better prepared to fulfil orders via delivery or click and collect.

Despite these innovations, private demand still fell by 32.2 per cent while registrations by large fleets saw a decline of 22.1 per cent.

More positively, market share for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) continued to grow significantly, up 122.4 per cent and 76.9 per cent respectively.

BEVs recorded their third highest ever monthly share of registrations at 9.1 per cent, while PHEV share increased to 6.8 per cent – a combined total of more than 18,000 new zero-emission capable cars joining Britain’s roads.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said: “Compared with the spring lockdown, manufacturers, dealers and consumers were all better prepared to adjust to constrained trading conditions.

“But with £1.3 billion worth of new car revenue lost in November alone, the importance of showroom trading to the UK economy is evident and we must ensure they remain open in any future Covid restrictions.

“More positively, with a vaccine now approved, the business and consumer confidence on which this sector depends can only improve, giving the industry more optimism for the turn of the year.”

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What England’s new tier system means for garages

Vast majority of England to face two toughest levels of restrictions but ‘COVID-secure’ garages can remain open

The government has set out its new coronavirus tier system which will apply from 2 December and will see most of England in the two toughest levels of restrictions.

Around 23 million people across 21 local authority areas will be in the highest level – tier three – including Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Tees Valley Combined Authority and North East Combined Authority.

Lancashire, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Slough, Bristol, Kent and Medway will also be in tier three.

A majority of places are in the second highest level – tier two – including London, and Liverpool city region.

The Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be the only areas of England in the lowest level of curbs – tier one.

Warrington and Liverpool are the only two places in the country which will face eased restrictions from 2 December – both are moving from tier three of the previous lockdown system to tier two.

Can garages stay open?

Garage Wire understands that garage businesses can continue to operate in a COVID-secure manner, no matter what tier they are in.

MOT expiry date extensions

A second extension to MOT expiry dates is unlikely to be introduced, although the DVSA told Garage Wire that it couldn’t be ruled out completely.

The agency has advised garages to stay open and motorists should have a valid test certificate.

What are the rules on face coverings?

Face coverings must be worn by garage staff working in any indoor area that is open to the public.

If a business has taken steps in line with Health and Safety Executive guidance for COVID-19 secure workplaces to create a physical barrier between workers and members of the public then staff behind the barrier will not be required to wear a face covering.

For other indoor settings, employers should assess the use of face coverings on a case-by-case basis depending on the workplace environment, other appropriate mitigations they have put in place, and whether exemptions or reasonable excuses apply.

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Thousands of cars for sale online with ‘hidden past’, investigation reveals

Review of popular second-hand car website reveals thousands of written-off cars are being sold without disclosure

A review of vehicles for sale on a popular second-hand car website has revealed that 16,703 have a “hidden past”, with issues including clocked odometers to dangerous write-offs sold without disclosure.

The investigation, carried out by Vcheck for the MailOnline and This is Money, found that over 4,000 vehicles on sale on the site were obtained from salvage yards as write-offs.

The examples were matched against their vehicle identification number from salvage records and are now being marketed as “clean examples”, having passed checks against the Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud and Theft Register (MIAFTR), which is supposed to outline if cars have previously been written off.

However, the researchers say many vehicles are slipping through the system and sellers are demanding prices that would suggest to an unwitting consumer that the cars haven’t previously been written off.

Examples of ‘clean’ cars currently for sale on the website have been matched with images of the same car in a salvage yard after sustaining crash damage.

None had any information in their adverts to suggest they were subject to an insurance write off or previous accident damage.

It is illegal to sell a vehicle that’s knowingly been written off, and is against consumer law to hide any information about the damage when advertising for sale.

Insurance write-off categories

Up to 1 October 2017, the four categories included A, B, C, D, whereby the level of damage would decrease in severity by category, starting from A.

Following a review, write-offs are now categorised as A, B, S and N.

Category A cars should be crushed and never re-appear on the road – even salvageable parts must be destroyed.

For category B write-offs, the body shell should be crushed but some parts are salvageable.

Category S means the vehicle has suffered structural damage and should be professionally repaired before being safe to drive.

Category N mean the vehicle has non-structural faults, such as faulty brakes, steering or other safety-related parts.

Adrian Mierzwinski, founder of Vcheck and a safety campaigner, said: “I felt compelled to start Vcheck after buying my own car in good faith which passed all the provenance checks I’d paid for without issue or detection.

“In reality, the car was a write-off, unsafe and should never have been allowed to be re-sold.

“This is happening all over the country, and thousands of cars are being sold with clean vehicle reports and driven by motorists who are completely unaware that they could be at the wheel of a car with a hidden past.

“It could have been written off in an accident, done three times the amount of mileage that they believe to be true, or in the worst-case scenario, be a potential death trap.”

Mr Mierzwinski is calling for the law to be changed so that it is a mandatory requirement for insurance firms to add all write-off records to the Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud and Theft Register and ensure the database is updated regularly.

He added: “This is the only way that when a potential buyer pays to carry out a comprehensive vehicle check, they can be confident that they are getting the car that they are paying for and that it is safe to drive and roadworthy.”

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Osram expands LED driving and working light range

New front and rear lighting options added

Osram is expanding its product portfolio of LEDriving driving and working lights by 17 models.

Sammr Nasrallah-Goldberg, head of the business segment for aftermarket fixtures at Osram Automotive said: “This gives our customers around 30 options for designing the front and rear lighting of their vehicles, not including product combinations.

“That provides a lot of scope for individualized and need-based LED retrofitting.”

New in the portfolio are models for rear lighting, round headlights and a street-approved light, which can be installed individually.

With a brightness of 8000 lumens and a range of up to 635 meters, it defies darkness.

The LEDriving driving and working lights offer high output that illuminates larger areas around the vehicle with light that is as bright as day.

All new LEDriving driving lights are street legal according to ECE.

Also newly added to the range is the Round VX80-WD, Round MX180-CB, Round MX260-CB and Round VX70-SP.

With the Reversing VX120R-WD and Reversing VX120S-WD lights, drivers now have the option to retrofit their reversing lights.

The products vary in shape, size, light profile, light output and near and far field illumination.

All have been tested under extreme conditions in the Osram test laboratory and can withstand water, dust, heat and cold, as well as vibrations and shocks.

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DVSA “will continue to change”, says its new chief executive

Gareth Llewellyn to step down at the end of 2020

The DVSA has appointed Loveday Ryder as its new chief executive.

Loveday Ryder, who takes up the role from January, said she plans to “build on the successes already achieved through DVSA’s five-year strategy.”

She added: “DVSA will continue to change, improve and modernise services for customers, embrace smarter ways of working and make the most of new technology while making sure road safety remains at the heart of everything we do.

“I’m looking forward to supporting DVSA colleagues in the vital work they do to help achieve the vision we all share – safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer journeys for all.”

Previously, Loveday spent 12 years in the Ministry of Justice, where she successfully served in several senior roles in organisation design, change management and programme delivery,

Department for Transport Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly said: “DVSA’s work affects everyone in the country, and Loveday’s wide range of business change and performance improvement experience will be invaluable in helping DVSA overcome the operational challenges created by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would like to express my thanks to Gareth Llewellyn for his immense contribution as chief executive, and wish him every success for the future.”

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