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Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

SHT - Smart Headlamp Technology

Holistic research into a networked, resource-efficient and optimal development process for dynamic headlamp systems.


Increasing the complexity and functionality of headlamp systems offers the customer an increase in safety, for example through glare-free high beam, but at the same time increases the effort required for development. The aim of the Smart Headlamp Technology research project is to optimize the existing development process consisting of test drives and prototypes by using new methods in order to further reduce development time and costs. In order to achieve this goal, the project partners in the shape of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, the Heinz Nixdorf Institute at the University of Paderborn, the Fraunhofer Institute for Design Technology and Mechatronics and the Chair of Control Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund are cooperating in a joint research project and contributing their expertise to the various evaluation steps of a modern development process.

Dynamic Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Bench through Robot Actuation

To reduce the number of required night test runs, a hardware-in-the-loop test bench is being developed by the Chair of Control Systems Engineering in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute. By using actuated kinematics, the vehicle motion is reproduced. This allows the influence of vehicle dynamics on illumination to be specifically investigated and test drives within enclosed spaces to be simulated at any time of day.

Virtual night driving in the driving simulator

At the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn, the simulation of high-resolution headlight functions in a driving simulator is being investigated. This enables the functionality to be evaluated at an early stage of development. Condition monitoring and self-healing

To extend the service life and increase the reliability of headlamp systems, the Fraunhofer Institute and HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA are researching sensor concepts for monitoring the luminous intensity of the LED matrix during operation. This creates data sets to optimize future developments. Based on this, approaches for repairing defects in the illumination during operation are being investigated.


This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under grant number EFRE-0800850.

Loop test bench by robot actuation