Design & Technology / Product
All-new Optima’s Lamp system for enhanced safety and design November 12th, 2010
We applied diverse new lamp technologies to complete the progressive, sporty look of the Optima and enhance safety during night driving. In particular, even if there are other cars that feature 4-lamp projection headlamps or LED-type fog lamps, rarely do they boast such comprehensive safety and design features like those on the Optima.
The 4-lamp HID projection headlamp and static bending light are new lamp technologies that eliminate blind spots for a driver. The 4-lamp projection HID headlamps project light from two high and low beams to raise visibility and convey a luxurious look.
The Optima is the first Kia model to feature static bending light. It is a technology that provides illumination for previous blind spots when making turns for greater visibility.
When the vehicle is moving (not in reverse gear) and the steering wheel is turned to either the left or right at an angle of more than 25 degrees (range of 25-35 degrees depending on driving speed), the right/left static bending lights turn on and provide illumination for blind spots. By projecting light in the direction of the driver’s vision and the steering wheel, it allows the driver to quickly detect pedestrians or obstacles that may be in the front and side blind spots.
In addition, we added LED-type daytime running lights above the front fog lamps to improve the conspicuity of the vehicle during daylight conditions and also serve as position lights during the nighttime or in rainy and foggy conditions. Another bonus is that it adds to the strong and individual image of the Optima.