Fiber optic technology is becoming the medium of choice for a variety of automotive applications. With its unique characteristics, fiber optics are a naturally ideal choice for lighting, communications, and sensing requirements.
Automobile manufacturers are using fiber for lighting applications for several reasons. First and foremost, fiber transmits ‘cold’ light, making it a safe alternative to traditional sealed beam or halogen lighting. Apart from the safety advantage, the light source is easily accessible and offers much more in creative freedom of design. Fiber also allows for light source and output location separation, creating high performance lighting options with reduced physical space requirements for difficult and restricted access locations.
Communications and sensing in automobiles is of utmost importance with the continual increase in onboard safety devices and systems. With each subsequent model year, more and more airbags, traction control devices, and safety systems are integrated into automobiles for passenger safety. With most of these systems focused on emergency or pre-emergency response, rapid communication to and from the monitoring system to the sensor or active module is critical to successful operation. With the large bandwidth, EMI and RFI immunity, and relatively low cost, more and more manufacturers are utilizing fiber as the communication method of choice for these mission critical applications.
Timbercon has the resources and expertise to design, develop, and manufacture an ideal solution for your automotive application. From large core POF (plastic optical fiber) to intra-vehicle networking, Timbercon has a product for your automotive application.