OPTIS Releases New Lighting Simulation Software Optimized for Automotive Use

OPTIS Releases New Lighting Simulation Software Optimized for Automotive Use

Author: Eric Walz   

SAN JOSE, Calif. — OPTIS, a leading software company for the scientific simulation of light, human vision and visualization, today announced the release of SPEOS 2018, the latest version of its core light simulation software.

The SPEOS technology is capable of providing light simulation based on the actual physical laws of optics and contains new features designed for the automotive industry, such as headlight simulation and the simulation of internal materials. SPEOS provides a virtual environment to test lighting components before manufacturing of the final product.

"OPTIS's technology is built on the concept of simulating light as a human eye would perceive it. Within the automotive industry, accurately creating and testing headlight beams, and ultimately making them more efficient, drives the industry forward," said Jacques Delacour, Founder, and CEO of OPTIS. "We're proud to provide the technology that inspires and makes innovation possible."

Additionally, companies using SPEOS along with OPTIS's suite of simulation and virtual reality (VR) software, do not need to have any physical prototypes to test their products, which reduces R&D costs and speeds up time-to-market. This gives designers the ability to create a virtual prototype of a system and test many different design configurations using CAD software.

Many of today's automotive lighting systems including backlit displays, sensors, tracking systems, image projections, head-up displays, augmented reality glasses are created using SPEOS technology. Using this technology, designers can see the performance of a lighting product before it is produced.

Virtual prototypes used to test automotive tail light designs

Due to increased regulation and consumer preferences, automotive headlights are continually evolving to make driving at night safer. SPEOS includes new updates to contribute to the evolution of the automotive headlight, making headlights more efficient, as well as aesthetically appealing to consumers.

Recently, new applications integrating digital micromirror device (DMD) technologies are emerging in the automotive industry, namely for intelligent pixel headlights and HUD (head-up display) systems. (A DMD chip contains several hundred thousand microscopic mirrors on its surface, arranged in a rectangular array which correspond to each individual pixel in the image to be displayed) The new version of SPEOS is also updated with in-depth CAD integration, and contains a library of digital light processing (DLP) that is dedicated to HUD for automotive applications.

Materials and Finishes

Increasingly important to designers is the ability to experience and test different materials. Carefully choosing the right textures will inspire design and help avoid unwelcome surprises, like a critical sun reflection on the windshield of a car.

With SPEOS 2018's texture mapping, designers can reproduce the exact effect and the perception of textured materials virtually, allowing them to test and choose less reflective materials that are more suitable, if needed.

The use of the SPEOS technology can extend beyond lighting to a exterior paints and interior finishes, as well as aircraft cockpits and passenger cabins. SPEOS simulates the human vision within a virtual illuminated environment, and provides ultra-realistic visualization images of what a person will actually see.

For example, using SPEDOS a designer can model a vehicle's dashboard, to see the way sunlight might reflect off its surface in simulation. This could be used to minimize areas of distracting glare and reflections as a result of the design and changes can be made before final production.

"For designers, engineers, OEMs, suppliers and beyond, we created SPEOS 2018 to make all levels of the process easier, more efficient and more easily communicated. SPEOS 2018 not only speeds time-to-market by eliminating the need for physical prototypes, but also by reducing friction in communication," added Delacour.

Lighting components designed using OPTIS technology can be found on vehicles from major automakers, including Ford, Honda, Audi, and Porsche.

Eric Walz
Eric Walz
Originally from New Jersey, Eric is an automotive and technology reporter specializing in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Eric has over fifteen years of automotive experience and a B.A. in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the automotive industry and beyond. He has worked on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology. Outside of work, Eric likes to travel to new places, play guitar, and explore the outdoors.
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