With its new approach “Light Design”, lighting and electronics specialist Hella says it is the first supplier to offer a complete system for complex lighting systems. The two Hella business divisions Lighting and Electronics are working closely together and combining their product technologies into a flexible, modular product system. All components, from headlight modules to electric control units and sensors, can be assembled according to the modular principle, it is claimed.

Hella also supports the specification of interfaces between the individual components and the development of the optimum light for the driver. In addition, automobile manufacturers receive innovative software solutions for simulating lighting functions (ALiSiA) or designing animations (GAIN). The offers under “Light Design” are aimed at automotive market trends such as increasing vehicle customisation and autonomous driving. Manufacturers benefit by being able to easily configure complex lighting systems and reduce their integration costs.

The innovation cycles in the automotive industry are becoming ever shorter, while lighting systems become more complex all the time. More and more manufacturers are therefore in search of a complete system that can be easily integrated and adapted to meet individual requirements. Thanks to its broad system competency in lighting and electronics systems, Hella can meet these requirements. When purchasing a modular product, customers will have access to the software tools “ALiSiA” (Advanced Lighting Simulation Architecture) and GAIN (Graphical Animation Interpreter), depending on the application.

ALiSiA enables them to test the dynamic behaviour of new front light functions on the PC and to make individual adjustments. The software allows the direct influence of individual components on the overall light output to be felt and properly experienced – even before the complete system is implemented in the vehicle. Products from other manufacturers can be easily integrated via change packages.

The Hella “GAIN” (Graphical Animation Interpreter) software makes it possible for automobile manufacturers to easily design the light animation themselves – starting with functions such as the wiping turn indicator, through individual choreographies for headlamps, lighting for radiator grills, rear combination lamps and interior lighting, right up to animations for autonomous driving functions. The animations designed in this way can be transferred to the embedded product just by pushing a button. This saves both time and costs in development.