Barco LEDs Prevalent at 2006 Detroit Auto Show

A large number of global auto manufacturers have selected Barco LED tiles for their booths at the 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. In conjunction with rental partners XL Video, Creative Technology, CT Germany, IMAG, and Bluewater, Barco LED solutions have emerged as the predominant display technology at this year’s NAIAS, with over 95% of LED installations covering more than 10,000 sq.ft. of total space.

Auto manufacturers including Cadillac, GM, Ford, Saturn, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Porsche, Kia, Land Rover, Hummer, Jeep, Infiniti and Buick have all selected Barco LED tiles for video applications ranging from promos to documentaries to virtual scenery. Creative standouts include Ford (using ILITE 6 XP tiles for a curved, segmented wall in Ford’s trademark oval shape), Nissan (using OLITE 510 tiles for arched displays, turntables and an especially unique video ceiling), and Jeep (using large-scale MIPIX LED walls for “moving content” behind each vehicle).

Whereas in years past at NAIAS, LED video walls were used primarily to draw visitors into a particular booth, this year’s focus has changed to a more “immersive” video environment, with emphasis on the total experience that people have once they’re inside a booth. In some cases, video is not even visible from the aisles, but only appears once the visitor is deep within a booth.

“It’s a more video intensive show this year than ever before,” says Steve Scorse, VP of sales and marketing for Barco's media and entertainment division, North America, commenting on the high proportion of Barco product at the show. “Everywhere the visitor looks, there’s video showing new cars, promos, commercials, branding—even company history. Simply stated, our rental partners’ selections speak volumes about the product’s ease of use, ease of setup, reliability, and most important, image quality.”

The 2006 NAIAS runs through January 22 at Detroit’s Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center.

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