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Press Release: USCAR LIGHTING GROUP HELPS LEAD INDUSTRY TRANSITION TO LEDs

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 25, 2014 – Thanks to USCAR’s Lighting Group, it now may be easier for your new car to sport a trend-setting design with LED (light emitting diode) lights, and be greener and more efficient too.

The USCAR Lighting Group, whose members include Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has developed automotive-based test requirements and protocols to help lead the transition of automotive lamps from bulbs to LEDs.  The tests allow for direct comparisons of LED performance between different manufacturers, while previous tests for LEDs were based on general purpose illumination and did not adequately comprehend automotive requirements.  Direct comparisons enable automakers to make educated and cost effective decisions when contracting with an LED supplier.

The new specifications are available to all automakers and suppliers through SAE International, and many companies already have begun to adopt them.

“LEDs are all-around great options for automotive applications; they require less power, have a faster on-time, are more reliable and last for the life of a vehicle,” said Michael Larsen, chairperson and GM representative to the Lighting Group.  “And the best part is, they look cool, they’re energy efficient, and they add great styling cues to the vehicle.”

The Lighting Group also unified the LED electronic module requirements between the automakers for conventional and electrified vehicles.  These requirements are included in the SAE/USCAR specification, SAE/USCAR-33, published in 2013.

Any OEM or supplier using SAE/USCAR-33 may be confident that robust LEDs meeting the durability requirements of automotive applications are used in lamps.  Use of the new specification would also reduce the required complexity for the suppliers of lamps. One design can now comply with many of the requirements of Chrysler, Ford and GM, for example. The robustness test protocol also enables the comparison of LED performance, which was not previously possible.

This will greatly aid in the selection of LEDs for automotive lighting applications and allow the reuse of start/stop designs and modules between automakers.

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Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit USCAR’s website at www.uscar.org

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