LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY (Jan. 19, 11:35 a.m. ET) — BASF SE and Royal Philips Electronics say they have achieved a breakthrough in the development of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology that allows it to be integrated in car roofs.
The OLEDs are transparent when switched off, allowing for a clear view through the panel to outside the vehicle, yet provide light only within the vehicle when switched on, according to a Jan. 19 news release from Ludwigshafen-based BASF.
In addition to offering new design possibilities, the transparent OLED lighting concept also allows new approaches to automotive engineering. The transparent OLED sandwich structure can be combined with equally transparent solar cells.
“This combination allows the driver to enjoy a unique open-space feeling while it generates electricity during the day and pleasantly suffuses the interior with the warm light of the transparent, highly efficient OLEDs at night,” said Felix G"rth, head of OLED and organic photovoltaics at BASF Future Business GmbH, in the news release.