After incorporating LED lights into the standard equipment in the most of the cars, new generation of lightening can come into the automotive industry. OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) are light emitting panels made from organic (carbon based) materials that emit light when electricity is applied. OLED are used today to make beautiful and efficient displays and large, efficient and beautiful lighting panels.

An OLED ‘light bulb’ is a thin film of material that emits light. OLED is the only technology that can create large “area” lighting panels (as opposed to point or line lighting enabled by LEDs and fluorescent bulbs). OLEDs can be used to make flexible and transparent panels, and can also be color-tunable. OLEDs emit beautiful soft diffused light – in fact OLEDs lighting is the closest light source to natural light (with the exception of the old incandescent lamps).

OLED technology may provide sufficient cost, safety, and style benefits for earlier automotive adoption

This technology can be in the future used as signal lights, taillights, and for interior lighting, providing a homogeneous light surface that is both energy efficient and sufficiently rugged. Companies for researching predicting that commercialization of automotive OLED technology will be achieved on a larger scale. The auto industry typically adopts technology in its high-end vehicles before it filters down to the masses. Although lead times have continued to shrink within the industry, they are still somewhat substantial.

OLED panels provide comfort, take up less trunk space, and are more visible to cars and pedestrians when compared to their competition, so they add safety. Where they do shine in terms of cost is in the elimination of specialized optics that LEDs often require. This adds to the weight reduction and improved fuel efficiency, albeit only slightly. OLEDs do consume less power, which will be an important factor in their adoption rate.  Main world manufacturers such as BMW, Audi, or Volkswagen, which have already showcased possibilities for OLED use, adopt within the next few years.

Internal lighting that meets functional and aesthetic needs will gain traction first. One of the last technical difficulties was temperature resistance. Lighting will continue to differentiate manufacturers and OLEDs will likely shake up the automotive marketplace significantly, and in a limited time frame.