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Testing Adaptive Driving Beam Headlight Systems: dSPACE and Ansys Collaboration

Join us to hear about the new features of dSPACE ESI hardware and Ansys physics-based simulation technologies and how to leverage these technologies to develop and test Adaptive Headlamp Systems. 


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About this Webinar

Adaptive headlights, available on many vehicles in Europe, Canada, and Japan, are prohibited in the U.S. due to rigid and outdated federal regulations. However, last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a final rule allowing automakers to install adaptive driving beam headlights on new vehicles.

Adaptive driving beam headlight systems, or ADB, use automatic headlight beam switching technology to shine less light on occupied areas of the road and more light on unoccupied areas. The adaptive beam is helpful for distance illumination of pedestrians, animals, and objects without reducing drivers’ visibility in other vehicles.

The final rule amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.” The amendments allow manufacturers to offer this technology and establish performance requirements for these systems to ensure they operate safely. The new rule and performance requirements are in 49 CFR 571.108.

dSPACE and Ansys have collaborated on a method to test ADB systems using dSPACE HiL (hardware in the loop) test stands combined with Ansys physics-based headlamp and lighting simulation technologies. This permits virtual testing of the ADB devices and nearly eliminates the cost, complexity, and inconvenience of physically testing such systems at night.

What You Will Learn

You’ll learn about:

  • Hardware modifications required to adapt your dSPACE HiL system for ADB testing
  • Advance simulations for lighting, headlamps, and cameras
  • Asset preparation automation via APIs

Who Should Attend

ADAS engineers responsible for developing ADB systems, and HiL systems engineers accountable for testing ADB systems, should attend to learn the new features of dSPACE ESI hardware and Ansys physics-based simulation technologies and how they can leverage these technologies in their development and testing of adaptive headlamp systems. 


Ben Hager – dSPACE Head of Autonomous Driving and Software Engineering

Jeff Blackburn – Ansys ADAS, and AD Business Development