Experience light simulation for optical system optimization & validation within a multiphysics environment.

Light simulation

Modeling light propagation and impact is important: light affects people’s perception and comfort, and light can alter product performance. Engineers can simulate optical performance and evaluate illumination with Ansys software. Improve product performance and reduce design costs and time with state-of-the-art virtual product development.

Solve complex optical problems

Streamline your design process with Ansys. Physics-based photonics, illumination, and imaging give you insight into your product’s look and operation. With Ansys optical products, you can virtually analyze a smart car’s headlights in changing driving conditions via simulation instead of using costly physical prototypes and testing. With the help of Ansys optical products, you can make your street lighting, display, headlights, or interior car lighting more appealing and efficient.

Visual appearance for perceived quality

How your product looks and feels can have a huge impact on a customer. By simulating light interactions with different materials, Ansys optical products show you how your product appears in real-world conditions. Design an optimum visual image for your product for maximum customer impact.

Optical sensors for autonomous vehicles

In any smart system, optical sensors are key. Analyze raw signals from lidar and camera systems with Ansys physics-based virtual simulations. Later, you’re able to post-process the data for the best sensor layout for ever-changing vehicle driving conditions.

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Optical Applications

Automotive Interior Lighting

Transform the vehicle interior by creatively using light to enhance driver information and well being.


Combine light, materials, and optical sensors to create the most innovative products.

General Lighting

Create and manage intelligent lighting systems from single luminaires to smart cities.


Experience your HUD system from the driver’s viewpoint, making reliable decisions based on feasibility and performance early in the design process.

Automotive Exterior Lighting

Revolutionize your exterior lighting to enhance driver safety, visual comfort, and brand identity.

VR Marketing & Sales Configurator

Improve the customer experience by virtually marketing and configuring your products in real time, with life-like virtual prototypes.

Autonomous Sensor Technologies

Assess camera and lidar raw signals in an integrated environment, apply electronic post-processing, and evaluate senor layout on vehicles.

Optical Products


New systems for autonomous vehicles need an iterative process that moves from design to simulation and then back to design for more changes. VRXPERIENCE performs light simulation in real time, so a user and systems can interact with their surroundings naturally.

The Ansys VRXPERIENCE is especially designed to support this process for driverless cars: from component-level model-in-the-loop tests (MIL) all the way through verification and validation for your system via hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and software-in-the-loop (SIL). Human factors are considered via human-machine interaction (HMI) behavior simulation in a 3D virtual space.

With these powerful simulation abilities, companies can significantly reduce the time and costs associated with physical testing.


Save time and money prototyping with Ansys SPEOS. SPEOS predicts a system’s optimal performance and illumination, improving product efficiency.

With SPEOS’s lighting performance models, optimization capability, and extensive libraries, you can maximize your optical system easily and rapidly. Easily create an illumination system by studying how photons interact with mechanical geometries.

When combined with HPC, SPEOS offers results more quickly and with the highest level of accuracy. Its high-performance computing will change your game, helping you meet deadlines without losing accuracy. With a comprehensive and intuitive user interface, you’ll boost productivity using GPU-based simulation previews.

Ansys Optical Measurement Device

Capture material properties and manage samples virtually with Ansys Optical Measurement Device. These material characterizations can then be used in the Ansys optical products such as SPEOS and VRXPERIENCE. This allows you to create experiences where you can select multiple trim and color options and combinations, all based on physical properties of your actual optical materials…in real time.

Materials and colors are key in establishing a brand’s look and feel. With industrial products, choosing the right manufacturing process and best color matches will provide a quality product and boost brand perception. Mixing materials and colors will allow you to create innovative designs, surface effects, and other customized solutions.

Many of today’s methods rely on mood boards and preparing samples, but these outdated techniques provide only a limited number of options for the product’s appearance.

With Ansys Optical Measurement Device (OMD), you can enrich your color processes to present a detailed and realistic view of the final product. Rather than manually delivering a sample, you can use OMD to share a virtual version of a design. And OMD allows you to measure material properties and easily create visual and haptic surfaces. Your customers will experience the feel and look of a product… before it is physically manufactured.