Developing the next generation of smart headlights

OPTIS and Lucid Motors announce collaboration at CES 2018, use simulation technology to develop the next generation of smart headlights

January 9th, 2018 | Partnership


Multi-lens array lighting, developed in-house at Lucid, brings multiple innovative advantages. The technology uses thousands of lenses, creating a precise, high-resolution field of light. The headlights also increase vehicle and pedestrian safety with perfectly homogeneous light distribution in a self-adjusting and glare-free solution. The design, which was refined through OPTIS’s simulation technology, is the slimmest, most unique design in the industry and provides for better light distribution without consuming more energy.

“Lucid Motors’ lighting team uses the OPTIS light modeling software SPEOS to speed up their design process and explore the potential of the multi-lens array solution,” said Chris Grieve, Director of OPTIS West Coast Operations “SPEOS’ simulation capabilities empower Lucid to quickly explore and refine their design in the most efficient and physically accurate way.”

OPTIS provides software and expertise to help Lucid Motors understand how this new headlight system will look and perform on the road. Using VRX, OPTIS’s real-time interactive driving simulator, Lucid Motors is able to test and experience the performance of their headlights with virtual prototypes on virtual test tracks, recreating realistic traffic conditions, including weather, oncoming cars and pedestrians. The software is employed across the automotive industry, from OEMs to Tier-1 suppliers, to create virtual prototypes that decrease time-to-market and contribute to frictionless safety testing.

“VRX enables Lucid’s engineers see how the headlight’s beam will look on the road and how it interacts with sensors on the car,” said Dr. Hans Christoph Eckstein, Senior Technical Specialist, Optical Engineering at Lucid Motors. “This allows us to shape and change the beam and make sure it accurately simulates its behavior and characteristics.The system also aids in the understanding of how the lighting system will look.”


The partnership uses OPTIS’s software and expertise to rapidly develop and test Lucid’s multi-lens array lighting system. This innovative new lighting system increases vehicle and pedestrian safety and is featured in Lucid Motors’ luxury sedan, Lucid Air. The headlights will be available for virtual demonstration for the first time at CES 2018 at OPTIS’s booth, located at Tech East, LVCC, North Hall – Booth #3002.

“We want people to experience the benefits this new technology will bring in safety and driving comfort. It will be available at our booth at CES where OPTIS and Lucid Motors will be happy to allow attendees to experience the technology for themselves,” adds Grieve.

OPTIS and Lucid Motors are providing a virtual driving experience for customers using VRX and a driving simulator at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Schedule your time for demos and interviews by emailing OPTIS’s public relations representative, Amber Richards at




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Photo credit: Lucid Motors©