Wednesday, 20 October 2021 16:24

Ford, Ansys Developing Next-Generation Predictive Headlight Technology



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Ansys simulation solutions enable Ford to accelerate the development of its predictive smart headlights and improve nighttime driving for consumers.

Engineers at Ford value Ansys' high fidelity, physics-based lighting capabilities to optimize and validate headlight performance virtually, significantly reducing dependency on costly, real-world night drives.


Nighttime and low-light conditions decrease visibility for drivers, making it harder to react to wildlife, pedestrians and sudden turns. Ford is testing a new predictive smart headlight system that uses real-time location data to direct beams into upcoming turns, allowing motorists to better see around corners and respond to hazards.


But as advanced driver assistance systems permeate more automotive features and increase functionality, an ever-increasing number of scenarios must be accounted for---making physical testing and validation a difficult and complex process.


To reduce reliance on building and testing physical prototypes---a costly and time-consuming process---Ford leverages Ansys' AVxcelerate Headlamp solution to optimize performance in a virtual environment.


Ansys' vehicle headlight solution features real-time, physics-based optical simulation and driver-in-the-loop functionality to replicate the physical world with a high degree of predictive accuracy. Empowered by a realistic virtual night driving experience, engineers at Ford can rely on insights gained from simulations to improve product design long before physical headlamp prototypes are available.


"The predictive accuracy of Ansys simulations yield a variety of significant benefits for our team, from being able to engineer for edge case scenarios to less late-night road tests," said Michael Koherr, advanced lighting research engineer at Ford of Europe. "With the ability to truly gauge system performance in a virtual environment, we're able to...

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